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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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When Should You See a Periodontist?

Posted on 4/24/2023 by Periodontal Associates
When Should You See a Periodontist?Periodontists are professionals that help fix a wide range of oral conditions. We specialize in treating a host of oral defects that affect your smile. Some several signs and symptoms show you need to come in for checks and possible treatment. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you have scheduled an appointment with us immediately.

Bleeding Gums

If you notice unexplained bleeding when brushing or eating, it could be a sign of periodontal infection. This condition is hazardous and can advance to severe stages if left untreated. Therefore, you should come in for immediate treatment if you notice any unexplained bleeding. This bleeding often occurs around the gum tissues and tooth root. Even though it doesn't cause any pain, unexplained bleeding is a sign of an underlying condition.

Gum Recession and Loose Teeth

When your teeth appear longer and more extensive than usual, it is a sign of gum recession. Receding gums is a warning sign of periodontal disease. It would help if you treated this condition as soon as possible because it can progress and attack the jawbone. When that happens, your teeth will become loose and unable to perform essential duties. Therefore, you should come in for treatment immediately you notice receding gums and loose teeth.

Bad Breath

It is normal to wake up with a bad breath in the morning. However, continued lousy breath (halitosis) that persists even when you brush and floss your teeth could be a sign of gingivitis or periodontal disease. If you notice a persistent bad breath from your mouth, it is time to see us. Our experts will examine the cause of the problem and administer effective treatment. This will go a long way in keeping your mouth healthy. Contact our offices for more information on the signs you need to see a periodontist.
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