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A diagram of dental implant at Periodontal Associates. Dental implants are a highly effective solution for lost teeth. Crowns mimic natural teeth in their form and function and titanium posts bond with and stimulate your jaw bone, allowing the Dental Implants to act just like a natural tooth would.

Unfortunately, implants can occasionally fail, and if this happens we will need you to come in so we can repair or replace them.

The Structure of an Implant


Most dental implants are made of a titanium post that is embedded in the jaw bone, a ceramic crown that acts as a replacement tooth and an abutment that connects the post and the crown. If one of these parts loosens or breaks, all three can become compromised.

Titanium is usually chosen for implants because it bonds with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. If this process doesn't occur properly then you'll end up with an implant that isn't firmly in place. This will lead to problems later on.

Signs that an Implant May Fail


If the bone doesn't grow around the implant in the right way, mobility is often the primary signal that the implant may fail. This mobility is often very slight at first and usually only a dentist can see it, but as time goes on an implant that hasn't integrated properly can shift when you chew or speak. Implants that have failed completely with frequently.

Other warnings signs of impending failure include pain, inflammation, and infection, but these do not always occur. If Dr. Eshraghi notices that your implant is moving, he may conduct an x-ray to make sure the bone is growing. If the implant is failing, the x-ray may reveal considerable bone loss around the metal area.

Repair and Replacement


In cases where the implant crown becomes cracked or detached, it is an easy matter for us to attach a new, or make any other repairs if necessary. However, if the damage to the implant is too severe, we will need to remove and replace it.

It is easy for us to remove a failed dental implant, but we will need to use a local anesthetic for this procedure. Once the implant is removed Dr. Eshraghi will carefully clean the area. Then we can begin the process of inserting a new implant, making careful note of what went wrong the first time. If there is enough healthy bone in the same area, we won't need a bone graft.

However, in cases of significant bone loss, we may need to place a bone graft to improve the site of the removed implant before placing a new one. Once the bone graft is complete, your mouth may need several months to heal before we can put in a new implant. During the healing period, Dr. Eshraghi may ask you to quit smoking, postpone cancer treatment or make other lifestyle adjustments that will reduce the risk of the next implant failing as well.

Always remember to take good care of your implants by brushing and flossing daily. Also take care to eat a balanced diet and abstain from using your teeth as tools, as this can chip them. If you experience any problems with your Dental Implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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All You Need to Know About Gingivitis


Posted on 1/23/2023 by Periodontal Associates
All You Need to Know About GingivitisGingivitis is also referred to as periodontal disease and it manifests as a result of poor oral hygiene. Healthy gums are crucial in ensuring the teeth are healthy too. Gingivitis basically represents the initial stages of gum disease and left untreated, it influences the state of the teeth and causes a lot of pain.

Plaque and tartar build-up in the mouth provides a robust environment for bacteria to thrive and this can lead to irritation and subsequent swelling of the gums. This condition can manifest in anyone regardless of age factor.

Gingivitis Symptoms


Gingivitis manifests with various symptoms including receding gums, soreness in the mouth, bad breath, bleeding gums, loosening of the teeth, and redness or darkening of the teeth. If you experience these symptoms, it is prudent to seek the services of a periodontist near you for prompt treatment.

How to Treat Gingivitis


Gingivitis needs to be treated as soon as possible and hence you will need to act quickly and book an appointment with a dentist. Delays in receiving treatment put you at risk of developing periodontitis and result in irreversible damage to the gums. Periodontitis will also require a longer time to manage.

A dentist will examine the mouth and take detailed x-rays meant to help determine the extent of damage hence helping in planning care. After examination, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly using gritty toothpaste. Flossing will then be done and the teeth polished after which fluoride treatment is done. Fluoride aids in preventing the development of cavities.

To keep your mouth free of bacteria, it is recommended that you brush well and floss after every meal. Using an antiseptic can also help. These actions significantly reduce bacteria buildup in the mouth and help prevent inflammation and soreness of the gums. It is highly recommended that you avoid smoking for it leads to damage to the gums as well as lengthen your recovery period.

In a situation where gingivitis has progressed beyond the initial stages, it would be prudent to see a dentist to help rectify the problem. This would entail the use of antibiotics and dental surgeries that will help resolve the dental problem.

If you have gingivitis, do not hesitate to give us a call for an appointment today. We have the right technology and expertise in handling your dental problems.


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