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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 Problems can Severe Gum Disease Cause?

Posted on 8/7/2023 by Periodontal Associates
What Problems can Severe Gum Disease Cause?Gum disease is a very prevalent condition that causes your gums to be inflamed, infected, and sore. The first symptoms of this condition are bleeding of gums, bad breath, and tender gums. If gum disease is not treated on time, it can cause problems such as:

Gum Abscesses

A gum abscess is an accumulation of pus on the gums. It is mainly caused by bacterial infection and can be pretty painful. When bacteria accumulate in the pockets of the gums, it can lead to plaque and tartar buildup. Over time pus will form in the pockets leading to an abscess. Incision and drainage of the abscess is the best treatment remedy. A dental expert will also recommend antibiotics for the condition.

Gum Recession

Gum disease starts with bacteria accumulation on the teeth and gums. Over time, the plaque and tartar damage the tissues of your gums. If the condition is not managed with time, the gums will fall back from your teeth.

Loose Teeth

A gum disease can cause gum infection, which damages the tissues of your teeth. The condition can destroy the bones that support the teeth. Over time it will cause loose teeth and, even in severe circumstances, cause the teeth to fall out.

Bad Breath

When there is an accumulation of bacteria in your gums and teeth, you will end up producing a foul odor. Gum disease will cause your mouth to smell like rotten eggs or sulfur. This is due to the production of chemicals from the bacteria in your mouth. You will also note that your gums are inflamed and red.

Gum disease is a severe oral problem and can lead to gum recession, loose teeth, loss of teeth, bad breath, and gum abscesses. It would be best if you were proactive in adopting best dental practices and regularly visit the dentist to ensure you have healthy gums and teeth.
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