Smelly implant

Sorry to be gross, but I recently had an implant done to replace one of my lower pre-molars. Everything went well and the restorative phase was completed a few months back. Unfortunately, since this phase was completed, I have begun to notice an odor coming from the implant. The odor will be there for a week or two and then subside and then will start up again.

I have not been able to track a predictable pattern or anything. I can just tell you that it isn't always a problem. I sometimes get a little reprieve. I am not in any type of pain at all. As a matter of fact, my implant crown came out recently and my dentist x-rayed me to be sure everything was ok. He said the screw and the gum look wonderful.

I am just so terribly self-conscious about this problem and have tried extra flossing, extra brushing and very expensive mouthwashes "guaranteed" to cure breath issues. Nothing really helps! I don't even want to kiss my husband!!! If I gently push on the gumline surrounding the implant, I can taste and smell whatever it is. I also smell it on the floss I am using. Any advice or suggestions?

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Same problem....
by: Anonymous

I'm having the same problem with one of my implants so would be very interested in any response. I brush regularly, use mouth wash, interstitial brushes, floss and still have the same problem as described above.

I keep explaining to my dentist but she just pokes the implant, says it's fine but doesn't give me any help or advice on how to deal with the problem.


Failing implant
by: Anonymous

You probably have an infection. Have doctir take x- ray. The implant is probably failing.

Infection
by: Anonymous

Although I am always fearful of infection, it seems doubtful. My implant crown actually fell out recently and had to be re-cemented. Prior to having the crown put back in, I was x-rayed.

The dentist said everything looked beautiful. The odd thing is that the problem comes and goes - it is not happening all the time. The whole thing is an endless source of frustration and embarrassment.

That funk is not your imagination
by: Anonymous

This happened to me too.

The gum is tender and may bleed a bit right? For me, there was a little too much cement in there. It collected bacterial and putrified. I was finally able to (hold on to your chair) gently insert my nail under the gum and slide the thin sheet of cement down along my tooth. The smell made me gag! THAT was even more horrible than what I had been experiencing. Have your dentist take it out and look at the pieces of cement in there. There was too much cement. They need to properly clean and disenfect the implant, post, screws, and your gum. My dentist took another impression and sent the implant back to be re-porcelained. Thank Goodness! He put it back -- himself this time. And made sure to floss properly to get the additional cement out.

I floss regularly and use a waterpic on it's gentlest setting a few times a week with weak peroxide mixture or saline mixture to gently irrigate and clean that area. Much better now. Xylitol is good too. For your mouth, teeth and sinuses. It helps to strengthen and kill odor.

Any follow up? NEW
by: Anonymous

Did you ever have a resolution to the smelly implant? I have the same issue. This horrid smell with come and go throughout the day and then go away for awhile. I brush, I floss, etc. The dentist says the implant looks beautiful. What gives??

smelly implant NEW
by: chris

I too have began to have a smelly breath that I believe is due to my implant that I had approx 7 years ago. It became noticeable several weeks ago and has become increasingly worse. It is embarassing to say the least. I have tried a peroxide rinse (trying to get the peroxide between the teeth involved and inside the gum) but it has not worked. My next stop is to my dentist, who unfortunately does not do implants. I have no dental plan. But my next stop will be with the proper dental specialist. I will pay almost anything to get rid of this bad odor.

smell NEW
by: Anonymous

Had implants removed due to infection and inside post there was a piece of cotton that smelled fouled,don't know if this caused bone loss,now healing may go with denture since too much bone loss

No crown yet NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know anything about a foul odour after a few wks of the first stage of implant . No crown yet

dental implant failture NEW
by: Anonymous

after dental implant 3 days horrid taste, foul snell, should i request removed

April 2015-me too NEW
by: Anonymous

About two weeks ago I noticed my gum/tooth as sore when I brushed. A couple days thereafter my gum started to swell, blood and I really think a puss-like discharge started to become apparent. I felt like I was needing to floss continuously due to pressure I was feeling.

Like most of you the smell around the area and the taste of "discharge" was a little gagging; and made my stomach upset. My breath was horrific because of this discharge.

When I went to the dentist he flossed under the very sore gum and I could feel the rush of blood. This Friday we are cutting off the five yr old crown and he is replacing it. We think the cement has given way and has caused some issues underneath.

nothing to worry NEW
by: india

ur case is due to a exposed space in between ur implant and ur old teeth or gum....ur brush does not reach this space so the food trapped this space and creating foul smell....mouth wash is not a effective solution for ur case because it is act on only surface it does not go deeply and it can not remove the oily food waste from ur small space
solutions as based on priority
1 find out ur unknown smell-space urself (method;-touch and press each side of ur implanted teeth and smell urself likewise u can identyfy the smelly space) 2 if u find out the smelly space u can brush this space with a small brush 3) u can close the space with the help of doctor (if the smell is still persistent) 4) cleaning the implant with the help of doctor every 3 month( if the smell is still persistent) i hope u will get confidence in kissing ur husband hahaha price the load who created the remaining natural teeth

nothing to worry NEW
by: india

ur case is due to a exposed space in between ur implant and ur old teeth or gum....ur brush does not reach this space so the food trapped this space and creating foul smell....mouth wash is not a effective solution for ur case because it is act on only surface it does not go deeply and it can not remove the oily food waste from ur small space
solutions as based on priority
1 find out ur unknown smell-space urself (method;-touch and press each side of ur implanted teeth and smell urself likewise u can identyfy the smelly space) 2 if u find out the smelly space u can brush this space with a small brush 3) u can close the space with the help of doctor (if the smell is still persistent) 4) cleaning the implant with the help of doctor every 3 month( if the smell is cobaltstill persistent) i hope u will get confidence in kissing ur husband hahaha price the load who created the remaining natural teeth

I NOTICED ALSO NEW
by: Anonymous

I noticed that when pushing on the side of the gum it hurts a little and the smell is awful !! Why wasn't this advertised before the procedure .

Smells likes hog manure NEW
by: Anonymous

Same happened to me

Smells likes hog manure NEW
by: Anonymous

Same happened to me

dakins solution is the fix NEW
by: Anonymous

Use the waterpik plaque finder tip on lowest setting with mild bleach solution - look it up - once a day and get rid of the stink.

Smell implant NEW
by: Anonymous

I did all above still smells going back to oral surgeon help if anyone can help

Cap to denture NEW
by: Anonymous

My front tooth cap has always smelled bad which affects me so much.
I want to no if anyone has taken there cap out and replaced it with a one tooth denture.
Have been thinking that if I had a denture then id be able to take out easy and clean it.
Is this a good idea or will I have other issues?

trapped bacteria/food and what works for me NEW
by: Anonymous

ok so - also smelling the nastiness...not nice! I really like a previous answer of waterpik with a mild bleach solution or peroxide...That will be next on my list to try. In the mean time, I already have a few things in the house so I've been giving this combination a try (nightly) and it's been working quite well (almost no odor after I use method and less and less odor during the day)
So #1. floss #2. Brush with Weleda Salt toothpaste (it's awesome, natural and gritty - but not cheap) #3. Brush again just the area with the implant but focusing on the upper gums and brushing downward to get the gunk out
#4. Oil of Oregano (please google this...it is pricey but freaking great for dental health) I add the Oil of Oregano (antiseptic) on a GUM Soft Pick and then go along top of the tooth and the sides (also trying in the back) to get the gunk out.
#5.end with Dr. Teichnors peppermint mouthwash - also freaking awesome.

Hope this helps. This stupid smell is so annoying and stubborn! With all this tip sharing...we're bound to put an end to it lol good luck!

Possible causes NEW
by: Anonymous

The smell is likely to be caused as a result of an implant/crown dislocation and small particles of food running through the micro gaps where the food is likely to get trapped and being decomposed by bacteria. Bacteria also is likely to get attached to the soft tissue of the gums and the inside part of the cheeks. Solutions: brushing the teeth, gums and cheeks with salt toothpaste, using mouthwash containing Chlorhexidine, visiting a dentists to check if there is an infection that may need clearing with antibiotics, finally - removing bits of cement and replacing the filling that fills the microgap with a new one.

Implant threaded cavity NEW
by: Pierre

The common thread seems to be most dentist dismiss the smell as bacteria in the mouth. I don't think so. I am in the process of installing the abutment and crown. Just before that, the dentist remove the sealing screw (it has an o-ring). This screw keeps the implant from getting food in it while your bone grows around the new implant. During a visit, he removed the screw to try the future post. a pungent smell appeared. I asked if it was normal and I got a very uninterested answer like "bacteria in the mouth". I believe bacteria grows under a crown over time and apparently in the implant cavity. I will make sure he irrigates with a chlorinated solution before he places the pin permanently. For me, if a crown get dislodged, you can also detect bad smell until your disinfect the area.

Smell and pus coming from dental implant NEW
by: Anonymous

I had four dental bone graft three healed so fast my dentist asked me when I had them done but one was not healing I had yellow pus and strong odor my face was swollen where the infection when I pushed on it the site would fill up with odorous fluid GROSS week check up The oral surgeon is like yes it is infected put me on clindamycin for seven days and still swollen infected and smell, pus. I'm a total germaphobe so I put food grade hydrogen peroxide of course it was 3% which is safe on the site let it bubble and foam up since we know that no pathogens survive in oxygen rich environment It killed the smell for few hours . Then of course I read one doctor say do not use hydrogen peroxide on the bone implant site unless it had been six weeks then I read other doctors say it was okay so you be the judge Anyhow, my dentist said he would just take it out and told me let the oral surgeon decide what he wants to do. The dentist said that I could have a hidden infection right next to the infected bond implant site and the hidden infection is traveling down the channel and had finally found a path to release the toxins from the hidden infection to the surface to expel it from the body and is coming through the bone graft site. In my case that is true I think months before I had my chin puff up and pus was coming out of it and I know it was from a infection

Bad odor pus coming from dental bone graft NEW
by: Anonymous

I put dental implant accidentally I meant the odor and pus is coming from the bone grafts

Odor from bone grafts-antibiotics NEW
by: Anonymous

Had five bone grafts all were fine, except one on the left side was smelling bad, swollen and fluid was coming out of it. Saw my surgeon he looked at it after one week . He told me one site was infected stay on clindamycin. Second week visit, it was oozing yellow odorous pus, swollen and little pain. The doctor said you still have an infection .He removed the membrane and said now the infection can " declare itself" well my brother is a doctor and he always says patient that they cant figure out the cause is. With the membrane gone there is hole is open and big enough for the infection to expel itself. He said, now you will now begin to heal. And he said he really did not want to dig around in there looking for the where the infection was, because it will come out now on it own and he then put me on five more days of clindamycin since my stomach is fine. To make sure I have no problems I eat yogurt I make that has trillions gazillions of probiotics in it ...I eat it three times a day to make sure I stay well and my gut flora is up . I think as long it gets air, and the infection has a way out, it will kick it out to the surface.

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