DIY: How to Treat a Dental Implant Infection

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A dental implant infection doesn’t just appear all of a sudden – it has symptoms and signs, some of which may remain covert and increase at a gradual speed, making it difficult for patients to spot them. And even when the signs are visible, it’s not always possible for patients to instantly consult their surgeon for professional treatment.

Therefore, patients should be mentally prepared to experience any signs of an implant infection, and they should have enough foreknowledge that they may (at least) be able to rid themselves of the pain caused by the infection. The best way to do this – in the absence of professional treatment – is to employ at-home remedies.

This blog will tell you how you can temporarily treat your implant infection with alternative treatments like DIY home remedies so you can relieve yourself from the uncomfortable symptoms of an implant infection.

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are innovative teeth replacement options. Instead of dentures or bridges, implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to support prosthetic teeth. Osteointegration bonds biocompatible implants like titanium to bone, ensuring durability and stability. This integration fits comfortably and securely like natural teeth. Dental implants are a long-term solution that restores functionality and aesthetics, allowing people to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Dental implants provide many advantages over typical tooth replacement solutions. With proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime, eliminating denture and bridge replacements. Implants also stimulate bone growth and prevent jawbone degeneration from missing teeth. Bone preservation improves face appearance and oral health. Dental implants support themselves without nearby teeth, protecting their health and integrity. Thus, they provide a complete and effective solution for restoring a natural smile and boosting quality of life.

What Is An Implant Infection?

Dental implant infection is an inflammatory response triggered in the bone and gum tissue surrounding dental implants, leading to a variety of signs and symptoms depending on the type of infection it is. The two most common types of implant infections are described as follows:

Peri-Implantitis 

One type of implant infection is Peri-Implantitis, an advanced inflammatory condition that affects the soft and hard tissues (collectively called peri-implant tissues) surrounding a fully osseointegrated implant. It has a number of symptoms such as bone loss (which is one of its major symptoms and differentiates this infection from other implant infection), mobility of implant, pus discharge, formation of pockets around the implant, etc.

Peri-implant Mucositis 

Another type of implant infection is peri-implant mucositis, which is an early stage of inflammation that usually precedes peri-implantitis, and may evolve into peri-implantitis if left untreated. Unlike peri-implantitis, peri-implant mucositis doesn’t involve bone loss around implants and it only affects the soft tissues. Some of its common symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, and bleeding in gums.

Possible Causes Of Implant Infection 

While the incidence of an implant infection isn’t as high as compared to the implant success rate, every implant recipient should perform his due diligence and educate themselves on what leads to an implant infection. By doing so, they may prevent themselves from developing an infection (by trying their best to steer clear of the causes), and if an infection has already started, then they may prevent it from advancing. The following are some of the most common causes of an implant infection:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Plaque accumulation due to poor oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of implant infections. Periodontal bacteria present in plaque raid the implants, form microbial colonies around it and cause infection in the surrounding tissues.
  • Improper Implant Placement: Implants that are not placed at an appropriate site in the jawbone or are placed at a wrong angle are prone to developing an infection.
  • Leftover Implant Adhesives: At times, an excess of dental cement may remain around a dental implant after prosthesis placement. This leftover cement may accumulate in the gum tissues around the implants and become a site for bacterial accumulation, causing an infection.
  • Immune Disorders: Certain immune disorders, such as diabetes, may put patients at a higher risk of developing implant infections. 
  • Smoking: Smoking, particularly tobacco smoke, promotes the adhesion of bacteria to implant surfaces and may lead to an infection.
  • Dental Trauma: Trauma around the implants, such as that caused by unanticipated accidents or falling, may also lead to inflammation and consequently infection in dental implants.

DIY Remedies To Treat Dental Implant Infection 

If you notice any signs of the above signs of an implant infection, but find it difficult to seek out professional dental advice right away, don’t worry! You can use DIY remedies (such as homemade antiseptics and antibiotics) as the first course of treatment for immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These remedies may also cause the infection to slow down, giving you time to reach out to your dentist in the meantime. The following are some homemade antiseptics and natural antibiotics for DIY infection treatment:

Homemade Antiseptics

Antiseptics halt the growth and development of the harmful pathogenic bacteria involved in an implant infection, thereby preventing the infection from worsening. Let’s discuss the preparation steps of two homemade antiseptics and how to use them.

Saltwater Rinse

Concentrated salt water is a good natural disinfectant for killing oral bacteria. The high concentration of salt in saltwater draws out water from bacteria (due to osmosis), causing them to dehydrate and eventually die. Here’s how you can prepare and use salt water at home:

  • Take approximately 8 ounces of lukewarm/warm water.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of salt in it, and mix until dissolved.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with this mixture several times a day.

Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

Hydrogen peroxide is another great disinfectant for oral bacteria. Due to its powerful oxidizing ability, it readily breaks down into water and oxygen, releasing powerful free radicals that can destroy bacteria. Here are the steps to prepare and use hydrogen peroxide rinse at home:

  • Take water and hydrogen peroxide (3%) in equal quantities, and mix it. Make sure your hydrogen peroxide solutions are already diluted to safe levels (Less than 3%) in the package they arrive in. 
  • Swish this mixture around your mouth for a maximum of 30 seconds, then spit it out.
  • Don’t swallow the solution, as it’s toxic and may cause serious harm.

Natural Antibiotics 

Apart from homemade antiseptics, you can also use natural antibiotics to fight off harmful oral bacteria involved in the implant infection. Let’s discuss two natural antibiotics that can be used for this purpose.

Clove Oil

Clove oil has an active component called Eugenol, which has strong antibiotic properties and can inhibit many harmful bacteria in the mouth. Apart from this, it also works as an analgesic (pain reliever). Here’s how you can use clove oil as an antibiotic for implant infection treatment:

  • Take a cotton ball/pad
  • Pour a few drops of clove oil, preferably organic, on the cotton ball/pad.
  • Dab the cotton ball/pad on the inflamed area near the implant.

Turmeric Paste 

Turmeric’s active compound, Curcumin, has natural antibacterial properties and is a great immune booster. Therefore, it can be used to fight infection-causing bacteria in the mouth and to improve your body’s natural immune response against the infection. Here’s how you can make turmeric paste at home for this purpose:

  • Take 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of filtered warm water.
  • Mix the two together to form a thick paste, and apply to the infected area.

Conclusion 

Implant infection can sometimes be very painful, but it shouldn’t be a cause for panic for patients. If professional help isn’t readily available, patients can easily deal with the discomfort associated with implant infection by using DIY remedies. Such remedies include using homemade antiseptics (like saltwater and hydrogen peroxide) and natural antibiotics (like clove oil and turmeric paste).

However, to ensure that your implants stay successful in the long run, you need to get them placed by an expert surgeon. Get a FREE consultation from Dallas Implant Clinic, based in Dallas, Texas, and let our team of expert surgeons help you achieve your dream of getting a pain-free, successful smile transformation. Call us now to learn more!

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