Could my dental implant be the cause of my bad breath and bad taste in my mouth?

I have had an ongoing nightmare with a dental implant I had done. On top of the expected appointments, I’ve had to have bone grafting, the crown re-cemented and then remade, and have had to go through several rounds of antibiotics due to a recurring infection. The implant feels okay now, but I have a have a terrible taste in my mouth and my boyfriend told me I have bad breath. I’ve tried everything from different toothpastes to new mouthwashes and the smell and taste persist.  I’m really worried the bad taste and smell are coming from my implant, but my dentist says the implant is fine and that I should change my diet and check with my physician for possible causes. Is there any chance he could be wrong and that my problems are really coming from my implant?


Dee in Michigan

Dear Dee,

I’m sorry to hear about your issues. It sounds like you’ve been dealing with a dental implant horror story. Dental implants require a great deal of expertise and experience to be done properly, so it’s important to research the credentials of the dentist you choose before your procedures begin.

While there’s no harm in checking with your physician, I would also advise getting a second opinion from another dentist who specializes in implants. The fact that you have been continually battling infections with the implant is a warning sign that something is not right. Moreover, the symptoms you are having could very well indicate that your infection is active again. These symptoms should not be ignored or swept under the rug, because if you are correct, leaving the infection untreated will allow it to spread and it can cost you your dental implant, or jaw or worse.

A failing implant is very serious. Find someone who can diagnose why you are having these problems and treat it. These antibiotics you are taking are only temporary cures because the root of the problem has not been addressed. Until the cause of your implant woes has been taken care of, you can expect these infections, as well as the bad taste and smell, to continue.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix implant dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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