One of the only dangers that face patients who are undergoing dental implant therapy is the chance infection that they can get while being provided with a dental implant, or when getting their tooth extracted. If the dental implant is not sterile, or if the gums and surrounding tissues harbour bacteria, then they can proliferate out of control as the immune system will be weakened dramatically, and this can cause a condition known as peri-implantitis, or inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the dental implant. This can lead to dental implant failure, blood borne infections, infections of the jawbones and all kinds of gum problems as well.
What to do before tooth extraction
Before a tooth extraction, it is best to undergo a hygiene session, if at all possible. This means you may need to go on a course of antibiotics to kill your periodontitis, and you may need to cleanse your tooth gaps as well, removing all plaque and tartar from your mouth, to minimise your chances of infection.
What to do after tooth extraction
After a tooth extraction, you will get a long list of foods to avoid. These are not just precautions or polite suggestions: to avoid an infection or dry socket, you must avoid these foods. The most important thing to understand during this crucial healing period is the incredible importance of the blood clot. You will develop a blood clot on the wound itself, and this must stay on the wound. If the blood clot is removed or comes off in any way, shape or form, you are very likely to get an infection, but even worse, the wound may dry out and become incredibly painful. This condition is known as dry socket and can have very, very negative consequences. Do not brush the area directly for 3 days, and do not eat on that side of your face. If at all possible, eat on the other side instead, and avoid all of the foods on the list, as some of them can remove your blood clot, some of them can get stuck in it, and some of them, like dairy products, can colonise the wound and create an infection that is very hard to cure.
In cases that are extremely inflamed, or that are causing the patient a lot of pain, extraction may have to happen immediately, right then and there as a form of alleviation. This can cause abnormal healing patterns, but is quite usual, as patients usually only come to the dentist once something has gone awry. The most important factor besides patient cooperation is none other than the cleanliness and hygienic conditions inside the dental clinic itself. With us, you can be sure that you are getting the best treatment in the best places, as we are internationally known and certified to take care of our patients, regardless of what country the treatment will be handled in.