Re: Infection around the Detal Implant
I would first find out how deep the infection is and if it is due to an improperly fitting crown or bridge (or inability to clean around it) or bone loss. A small infection may be able to be cleaned out and that will be that but if it becomes chronic as in recurring every few months only then would I have it removed. Removing an implant destroys the bone it was placed in - so bone grafts are usually done at the same time in the event another implant is attempted in the future. I put up with an implant for several years with a recurring infection and finally had it removed when it started to show mobility. Not sure if I will do them again though. But the infection only developed after I had a new bridge attached to it that fit differently along the gum line and I think that had a lot to do with the infection since I was not able to get beneath the bridge as easily as with the original bridge done when I got the implants. BTW it was just as expensive to have the implant removed as it was to have it done in the first place.