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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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Preventing Periodontal Disease


Posted on 4/10/2023 by Periodontal Associates
Preventing Periodontal DiseaseGum inflammation caused by periodontal disease bacteria can cause severe discomfort, bloody gums, receding gums, and, in severe cases, tooth loss if not treated. The good news is that one can do a lot to protect against periodontal disease and maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Routine Hygiene


Daily oral hygiene routines are quite effective at warding off gum disease. To avoid developing gum disease it is crucial to keep plaque at bay by brushing your teeth twice daily, in the morning and before bed.

It is best to start by brushing your teeth and tongue and then use mouthwash to eliminate any bacteria that may have been left behind. Floss carefully along the gum line at least once a day to avoid getting a gum infection from food particles stuck between your teeth.

Gum Disease Tests


Regular dental checkups with your doctor are just as crucial as your at-home oral hygiene routine for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Gingivitis, even in its early stages, can be diagnosed and treated.

Periodontal checkups are important for everyone now and again; however, those at higher risk may need them more frequently. People with a history of smoking or gum disease, either individually or in their family, are two good examples.

Periodontal Disease Treatment


If experiencing any symptoms associated with periodontal disease, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Gums may become red, inflamed, or bleed; teeth may become loose or fall out.

Pockets may form between the teeth and gums, and recession of the gums may occur. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, there are options for treatment that can help you regain your oral health. Get in touch with us to set up a consultation and find out how we can aid in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

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