Factors That May Heighten Risk For Post-Implant Infection

If you are discouraged because you have missing teeth or if your bite is uneven, then talk to your dentist about getting dental implants. While most people sail through the implant procedure, others may have risk factors that can raise their risks for developing an infection after implant surgery. Here are some factors that may heighten your risk for a post-implant infection and what you can do about them:


Diabetes causes high blood glucose levels which can raise the risk for developing oral yeast infections such as candidiasis. Stressors of all different kinds, including those caused by surgical procedures, can raise blood sugar levels, and it is for this reason that your blood sugar levels may rise after your implant surgery, raising the risk for oral infections. 

It is thought that yeast and fungi feed on the high concentrations of glucose inside the mouth in diabetic patients, and because of this, they may be more likely to develop the characteristic symptoms of yeast infections. 

These symptoms include white patches inside the mouth that bleed easily. If you develop white patches in your mouth, see your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will determine if you have a candidiasis infection and may prescribe an anti-fungal medication to eliminate the yeast inside your mouth. It is important that you complete the entire course of your anti-fungal treatment to ensure that the infection does not progress and compromise the areas surrounding your dental implants.

Sjögren's Syndrome

If you have an autoimmune disorder known as Sjögren's Syndrome, your risk for infection after a dental implant procedure may be higher than those without the condition. Sjögren's Syndrome typically causes abnormalities in the tear ducts and salivary glands, and because of this, you may experience excessively dry eyes and a dry mouth.

When Sjögren's affects your salivary glands, they may be unable to produce enough saliva to effectively rinse away oral bacteria from inside your mouth. As a result, infection-causing microorganisms can accumulate around your dental implants, placing you at risk for infection.

If you have a dry mouth as a result of Sjögren's Syndrome or otherwise, make sure to drink plenty of water to help rinse away oral bacteria. If drinking water fails to relieve oral dryness, talk to your dental professional about prescribing a moisturizing mouthwash.

If you have diabetes or Sjögren's Syndrome, work with both your physician and dentist to develop a plan of care that will help ensure that you do not get an infection after your dental implant procedure. When your endocrine disorders are well-managed, you will be less likely to experience medical and dental complications as a result of your diseases.