Horrible smell in Dental Implant site

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hello, Im in desperate need of advice. ive had my dental implant in for a year now and I have this aweful fecal taste/smell around the gum where the dental implant is placed.  I first noticed it when the post/abuntment was place. It's not a constant smell/taste; it only comes out when I sorta suck it out. I've brought this up with the dentist who did the implant and he just tells me that it's from food stuck up there, which I think is kind of a bull**** answer. I have since moved to another city and haven't seen that dentist in awhile. Unfortunately the fecal smell is back, like I said it isn't there all the time, only when I extract the smells or when I rub my finger along the gum or smell the floss after I floss that area. It LITERALLY drives me insane and I get so upset bc I spend $3,000 out of my own pocket on this, and I take really good care of that area. I'm not sure if the if food caught way way up there, or if there is a pocket up there that has bacteria in there. I have no clue why this is happening.  Has anyone else experienced this or know anyone that has? I'm so desperate and thinking about removing the whole thing, but I hate to lose the money I spent, because it took me forever to pay for it. Please please please help me!!!,

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    Hi

    ive just had a dental implant and have concerns that it has a sinus communication...has anyone indicated that this could be your problem ? Was yours an upper molar implant? I can give you a little more info if this may relate to you. Or have your sorted out your problem now? 

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      Hello,

      I just came across this. I'm experiencing alomst same problems as Adrienne. Got my dental implant put in over a year ago and got the crowns on 4 months ago. Since them there is almost always a smell coming when I suck on it. Same as Adrienne my dentist says its because food is stuck on there. I clean the implant every time after eating. Still the problem is ongoing. I've no clue whats going on. Can't be normal. It's an upper molar implant. Do you have an idea what could be wrong with it?

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    Hi, I had the same problem but no more!! It used to smell of poo!!even after flossing and mouthwash. However my dentist suggested to take a inter dental brush, smother it with toothpaste and clean underneath the gum of the implant. It takes a little while to push it through and it will bleed severly the first few times but don't worry, that's normal. Let it. After a short period that stops significantly. And the odor does go. Clean it all around, but underneath ( inside ) the gum.

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    Hi, I've had the same procedure done on a front tooth.. about 4 months since the cap. Every now and then I rub my finger above the tooth and find a foul odor. The dentist said it's nothing to worry about, just use mouthwash.

    Some people say it could be a microgap with accumulated bacteria. I am yet to get it checked by another dentist.

    After this costly procedure I am totally unhappy to walk around with bad breath and use mouthwash to superficially mask the issue. If ignored this could lead to a bigger infection. Hope you all have found and fixed your implant problems.

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    It's something most periodontists didn't know about when dental implants first came out.  It's called periodontal implantitis.  (Happens in a range of 3-5 years post placement.  Some people maybe longer)  Aka "The Time Bomb".. Once implants became popular, they also came with a cost.  Many dentists had absolutely no idea what to do about them - except make more money.. Pulling it out, cleaning the cavity in which it's implanted, put it back in,  and take more of  your money by having you pay for antibiotics x 2weeks..

    I had this same problem.. For me, that "foul odor" was pus, probably an abscess.  It seemed to come from a big fistula on the gum line right above that tooth - due to the way the periodontist placed (shoved) that implant in.  He stated that my tooth was fractured at the root, thus there would be problems in the future.  He couldn't seem to get out of there fast enough once he divulged that information - after the fact.   And he was right.  A few months later, I had this big bump above the tooth (that was visible when my mouth was closed.)  It would swell, then burst, and over time repeat the same process.  I did my own research and found out it was called a "fistula" due to the implant placement.

    He thought it was a cyst.. He tried to burst it, but it was more of a "channel" more so than a "bag of water".. And yeah.. that cost about $250 for that "experiment".. I learned to just burst it at home, and drain it for free..

    I've seen your question come up quite a bit lately.. And of course, the periodontists/dentists jump on the forums stating "You should see your dentist or periodontist right away!"  Yep..  Again, more money for them..

    I learned to 1/2 fill my water pik  reservoir with salt water (and sometimes a few drops of clove oil) and use it every few days to keep the area clean. I also do my own dental self-cleaning.  It's not as bad as folks make it out to be. I do my general dental cleaning every 2-3 months if i'm vigilant enough.. Other than that? 6 months maximum.

    After researching, more, i learned that a healthy diet (plant based) and high dose vitamin C, are the best antibiotics over all. 6 months on the plant based diet plus 5-6 GRAMS of Vitamin C, and the fistula went from a full length 1 1/2"  down to a small pocket of about 1/8th of an inch, and still shrinking.

    I still have the "odor" every few days.. But it's no where near as bad as when it first started.  And now i just use the water pik brush tip to clean around that tooth first, then the rest of the teeth, later. Before, i had to use the pocket pic.

    Everyone's teeth are different.. Every dentist/periodontist knows that.. And instead of them shoving an implant into your teeth with NO knowledge..(until 5- 10 years later), they should really stay on top of their game regarding ways to deter these problems, holistically as well traditionally.

     

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      im having the same issue i got an all 4 upper bridge since march 2018 still have my temp bridge . all of a sudden i have sinus pressure in my left sinus also a terrible odor in my nose also i feel like its running dowm my throat. i went to ent they took a cat scan says i have sinus infection been on antibiotics fir a month . Still have odor still feel running down throat. ent says its the implant . Periodontists say its sinus infection . I go back to ent soon middle of december by the way i never really had pain just sinus pressure .Hopefully i get another cat scan to see if still infected . also wen i put my down odor comes back .ENT thinks im crazy wen i mention the odor in my nose , i know when i smell it if your near u can detect it tooo . im at my wits end im so besides myself here . Could it be my implant?? Any input would be so much appreciated

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    Here's my stinky dental implant story:

    A couple of days after the installation of my implant, it began to smell. No matter how much I cleaned with a toothbrush, dental pick, or floss, it SMELLED. I cleaned so obsessively that my gums were bleeding and irritated. I could smell foulness when I breathed and tasted foulness off and on, all day long.

    I complained to the dentist during a routine cleaning. My implant was checked and x-rays were taken - looked good, no infection. I was shown how to clean properly - like it smelled because I wasn't cleaning enough or properly. Hmm...

    I complained to a second dentist. Same thing.

    Two years later, I was eating popcorn and accidentally popped the crown off of the implant. THE CROWN SMELLED ABSOLUTELY PUTRID!

    Went to a third dentist who inspected/x-rayed the site - no infection, looked good. I complained of the smell.

    This was what I FINALLY learned:

    There is a hole on the side of my abutment that you can look through and see the implant. It is suppose to be there; I don't know why. The dentist is suppose to fill that hole before securing the crown to the abutment.

    MY FIRST DENTIST STUFFED COTTON IN THAT HOLE!!!

    BACTERIA-BREEDING, STENCH-PRODUCING COTTON!!!

    My current dentist casually mentioned that he didn't like to use cotton - he prefers to use Teflon tape. He suggested that the cotton may have been the source of the smell that I'd been dealing with for two years.

    They sandblasted my crown, placed the Teflon tape and secured the crown. I have not experienced even the slightest odor from my implant since!! MY IMPLANT IS FINALLY FREE OF STENCH!!!

    If you have experienced a smell from your implant that no dentist can seem to explain, could this be your problem too?

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    in 2015 i got the all on 4 upper and lower. when the implants were healing there was a bad smell and taste. then it went away. recently i had my teeth out to clean them and the smell was really bad again. its from food getting trapped. flossing around implant and under bridge is a must.

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    the foul smell I noticed was when the temporary abutments/ whatever were removed after nearly twelve months ti start the impression procedure and two weeks after when the final implants put in. I mentioned to dentist ( he had mask on) he said to make sure i floss. its a far more foul smell than just not cleaning. I think there is infection in the "empty" section where implants are ?? now think infection could go through me ???

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    When they put my implant in a piece of acrylic got inside my sinus. I had to get sinus surgery, but a piece of acrylic is still there. Now i need to have the dentist go in and remove that small piece...This has been a nightmare for me... I know i needed the implants and the teeth removed but , to go through all this nonsense is unbelievable. Im still not clear on how the dam acrylic got in there. I go for my hopeful last proceedure in a few weeks.. I then will follow up with the ent he can go in ( since sinus surgery)and see if the acrylic is gone out of sinus... Good luck to you . I can say you probably need a cat scan so they can see inside.

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    Wondering how you are now.

    I have a number of implants in my upper teeth that are used to support three separate bridges. I have been experiencing the same poopy smell for quite a while . I have complained to the guy who did the implants and also designed the crowns for the bridges. He cant explain it. I know he uses Teflon under the crowns . I am obsessive about cleaning and use water pick twice a day in addition to brushing. Still cant get rid of the smell. Will appreciate your latest status

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      I am doing fine now. Thanks for asking... I had to have sinus surgery cos on the side of implant acrylic got into my sinus caused a major infection. It took awhile but thank God my ent helped and then my dentist had to do more surgery to repair . It was a long road but now everything is ok. Still waiting for my permanent hopefully this month. Thank you for asking!!

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    Can you share what is the status of your problem now. I am having exactly the same problem. My surgeon doesnt have a clue

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