• Is My Dental Implant Causing Bad Breath?

  • Dental Implant Oak BrookThe short answer is no; a dental implant is not the cause of your bad breath.  There are a number of reasons you may have bad breath, and the severity of the odor is often parallel to the cause.  If you suffer from halitosis, why not make an appointment to see us before the holidays?  At A Center for Dental Implants, our Oak Brook dentist can evaluate your situation and point out what might be the reason for your bad breath.  Then, with a treatment plan, you will be armed with the knowledge needed to fight bad odors.  The benefit of scheduling an appointment now is that you’ll be ready to meet and greet friends and family at any upcoming party you’ll be attending.

    What is a dental implant?

    A dental implant is a surgical piece that is placed in the root area of a missing tooth.  The procedure helps the implant and surviving bone fuse together to create a replacement for the missing root.  Once the device is implanted, an implant crown is installed.  The result is a natural looking tooth that is strong and blends well with your existing teeth.

    Dentures can cause halitosis; can dental implants do the same?

    The cause of halitosis is not from dentures.  Halitosis is caused by bacteria that reside in your mouth.  If you wear dentures and don’t practice proper cleaning techniques, the bacteria build up increasing the bad odor emanating from your mouth.  Dentures aren’t hard to clean, but training yourself into a new healthy oral routine is important.  If you neglect your oral health care and cleaning, you’ll experience a bad case of halitosis.

    A dental implant most resembles your natural tooth.  The great news about this fact is that it means you can continue your normal oral regimen.  For individual implants, brushing twice a day, flossing, and regular oral checkups with your Oak Brook dentist will keep your implant in great condition and your breath smelling fresh.


    Bad breath is a result of improper cleaning of your teeth, gums, and tongue.  It is also a result of an illness or cavity.  A sinus infection increases the amount of bacteria in your oral cavity and can change the odor of your breath.  Luckily, once the infection has cleared, your breath will improve.  Filling a cavity or replacing a rotting tooth will also remove bacteria that cause halitosis.


    Are dental implants right for me?

    One of the main reasons our Oak Brook dentist recommends dental implants is if a patient has a missing tooth or needs to replace a permanent tooth that has died.  Our office staff works with you to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant and can address other options that may work to correct the problem.

    With holiday gatherings on the rise this month, now is a great time to call us to discuss your possibilities for improving your smile and breath.  In some cases, you’ll walk of our office with your new smile and be ready for your holiday gathering.  Our amazing Implanted Teeth in a Day procedure may be just what you need.


    If you simply need a cleaning to ensure you can celebrate the holidays halitosis-free, then give us a call.  Our Oak Brook dentist staff is happy to help.  For the latest on dental implants and oral health, follow us on Facebook, and have a great holiday season!