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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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Expectations During Your Child's First Dental Visit

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Periodontal Associates
Dentist and child learn how to brush teethAs soon as your baby gets to six months, you should consider taking them for the first dental visit. Afterward, it is recommended that children should have checkups once or twice a year. Here is what you can expect during that first dental appointment.

What to expect

The doctors will conduct several procedures. Among them are: tooth cleaning, mouth, and tooth examinations, and fluoride varnish application. Doctors use the knee-to-knee examination approach where the doctor and the parent's knees touch each other to create a table-like structure where the child will feel comfortable. The child should not be separated from you since this could raise their separation anxiety levels. Besides decay, the doctor also checks for other orthodontic issues that could be coming up. Dental experts understand the fact that children can get overwhelmed by new people and environments. How they best communicate this discomfort is by crying. That should not be a cause for alarm either way. Dental experts are trained to make dental visits for children as fun and exciting as possible.

Tips to make the visit productive

Ensure that you do not schedule the visit during the child's naptime. Seek a time when the child is most active and well-rested. You want your child to cooperate and benefit during the session. Giving your child a light meal beforehand is important. This will ensure that the child is not hungry during the examination since they may interrupt the session. Doctors advise on the need to save the snacks until after the checkup so that there are no food debris on the teeth and the tongue.

If by any chance your child becomes irritable and upset during the visit, you should work in tandem with our doctor to calm the child down. The first visit can be scary and nerve-wracking. However, if you prepare your child beforehand, it can count for an amazing experience. Above all, you can be sure that our doctors are friendly and gentle. They will handle your child with utmost care. Feel free to book a consultation with us today.

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