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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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I Have Sore Gums, Is The Soreness Likely To Go Away On Its Own?


Posted on 5/22/2023 by Periodontal Associates
I Have Sore Gums, Is The Soreness Likely To Go Away On Its Own?When you have sore gums, they can be irritating and also painful. Your gums are sensitive tissues and are crucial to your overall health. Usually, sore gums will disperse with time, however, if further symptoms are setting in, you may want to reach out to a dental clinic. A dentist can help detect what is causing the soreness and offer relief.

How do Sore Gums Feel Like?


When your gums are sore, you might have pain between the teeth. There may be also pain on top of certain teeth. Also, you may have pain all over your gums. Sometimes, you may only feel the pain within the back mouth area. Often, sore gums can swell and bleed, however, they may not always present with visible symptoms.

When are Sore Gums a Big Concern?


If gum soreness lasts only a few days and disperses, then it may not be something too serious. It could be a response from hormonal change, canker sores, or a mechanical injury like irritation from a hard-bristled toothbrush.

Nonetheless, if you have other symptoms presenting together with the soreness, you could be having something bigger happening in your mouth. If there is bleeding and swelling, then you could be having gum disease. Also, if pain presents when you chew or you have loose teeth, it could indicate that the disease is developing, and the gums are unhealthy.

What to Do


A soreness in the gums that is extremely uncomfortable, or distracting can be relieved by rinsing the mouth with saltwater. A saltwater rinse helps do away with any bacteria, germs, and leftover food particles, thus relieving the soreness and cleansing the mouth. Over-the-counter medications can also help. Try to use soft brush heads to prevent mechanical harm to sensitive gums. If you try these remedies but the soreness doesn't go away, visit our dentist for a checkup!

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