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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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Is There A Connection Between Gum Disease And Dementia?

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Periodontal Associates
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People with gum disease need to have it treated as soon as possible because gum disease has links to many chronic illnesses. One of the chronic illnesses that link to gum disease is dementia. Here is more information about the links between serious gum disease and dementia.

About Gum Disease

Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. It has three stages. In gingivitis or the first stage, people have red, swollen and bleeding gums. With proper dental care, gingivitis can be cured, and you won't have permanent damage to your gums.

In periodontitis, or the second and third stages of gum disease, dentists can treat the infection in your gums, but they cannot cure the disease. Patients with periodontitis may develop pockets between their teeth and gums, where infection can thrive. If you have periodontitis, dental cleanings are a must because if you take care of your gums, more serious infections won't have a chance to develop.

Links To Dementia

At this time, there is some evidence that people with serious gum disease (periodontitis) may be at higher risk for dementia. Several studies have indicated that many people with advanced gum disease also have dementia. Scientists aren't sure what the link is between gum disease and dementia, but they believe that people with advanced gum disease, especially gum disease that isn't treated, may spread the infection into other parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, and brain.

If you have gum disease, it is really important you get treated for the disease. With regular deep cleanings, dental practitioners may be able to halt the progress of gum disease, which will reduce your chances of complications and chronic health issues. If you haven't gotten your gum disease treated, it is never too late to start. Schedule an appointment with a dental practitioner as soon as possible.

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