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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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Do I Need A Periodontist?


Posted on 12/15/2023 by Periodontal Associates
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethResearchers estimate that over 50% of all adults have periodontal disease, and that percentage increases to over 70% for senior adults. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and infections that can spread to your heart and other parts of your body. If you have periodontal disease, you may need to see a periodontist. Here are some signs that can help determine when a periodontist is necessary.

Stage One


Stage One of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis has several warning signs. You may notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss. Also, your gums might look red, discolored, or swollen. If you have gingivitis, you and a dentist can come up with a treatment plan to cure your gum disease. Usually, proper tooth brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits, can keep gum disease at bay. Be sure that you visit a dentist twice a year to ensure your gum disease doesn't progress.

Stages Two and Three


Stages Two and Three of gum disease are very different from gingivitis. Dentists call these stages periodontitis. Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis cannot be cured, but it can be treated. There are lots of warning signs for Stages Two and Three of gum disease. You may notice that your breath is bad no matter how often you brush your teeth. You might also notice that you have spaces or pockets between your teeth and gums or that your teeth look longer or larger. With periodontitis, teeth can feel loose. You may also begin to lose teeth.

Periodontists


Periodontists specialize in periodontal disease. While you may not need a periodontist if you have Stage One of gum disease, talk with your dentist about whether or not you need a periodontist if you have periodontitis. That way, you'll be able to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

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