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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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What To Know About A Decaying Tooth?


Posted on 6/19/2023 by Periodontal Associates
What To Know About A Decaying Tooth?Everyone needs to take care of their teeth as it is an important part of our day-to-day life. When you fail to ensure proper oral care, tooth decay or cavities may occur. The reason cavities and decay occur is that the bacteria in the mouth make acid. The acid eats away at your teeth. But this isn't only the reason for having tooth decay, other culprits include:

Deep Tooth Crevices


You may not be able to avoid deep tooth crevices, so you will either have them or you do not. In case you have deep crevices, a dentist can apply sealants to help fill up those crevices hence protecting your tooth. The problem with crevices is that food debris tends to get trapped in them, making it hard for the toothbrush bristles to remove them. If food particles remain in the mouth for longer periods, you could develop cavities.

Dry Mouth


Saliva flow in the mouth helps inhibit the build-up of plaque. Therefore, if you have dry mouth issues, you are likely to develop dental problems that could contribute to tooth decay. Certain medications, medical conditions like diabetes, or even genetics can lead to dry mouth. Saliva helps prevent the formation of cavities. It aids in protecting you against gum disease. Saliva naturally cleans your teeth by washing away food debris and preventing an extended acid attack on your tooth enamel. Besides, saliva has antimicrobial agents that try to combat bad bacteria that contribute to cavities.

Tooth Grinding


Most people don't realize they grind their teeth. A lot of grinding happens at night when people are asleep. And stress is considered a culprit for tooth grinding. Over time, grinding teeth can result in tooth decay since the action strips away the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth. A dentist may recommend a mouthguard to minimize the heavy, direct contact of the teeth during teeth grinding episodes. Also, minimizing stress can help avoid tooth grinding. To find out more about tooth decay and how to prevent it, contact our prosthodontics team. We offer various treatments for tooth decay.

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