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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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The Role of Genetics in Periodontal Disease

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of a mouth with inflamed gumsWhile factors like oral hygiene and smoking play a clear role in gum disease development, research also shows that genetics help determine how susceptible someone is. Knowing your genetic risk level empowers you to take preventative action.

How Genetic Markers Affect Inflammation and Healing

Certain genetic characteristics impact how intensely your body triggers inflammation and how rapidly you heal from it once it begins. Some people experience severe and persistent inflammation, even from mild irritants. They may also heal slowly, allowing swelling and bacteria to linger around their gums. When this genetic tendency combines with periodontal bacteria, even diligent brushing and flossing may not prevent inflammation, swelling, and bone loss. Ongoing disease often results unless specially tailored treatment is implemented.

The Level of Genetic Influence Varies

Research suggests genetics play a significant role in chronic periodontitis development, although estimates vary. Some studies propose up to 50 percent causation, while others suggest around 30 percent. But all agree genetic expression helps determine your baseline risk regardless of your oral hygiene diligence. That said, lifestyle and dental care still matter greatly. Genetics mainly influence how readily your body reacts once bacteria appear, not necessarily whether that bacteria colonizes initially. Good home care and professional cleanings limit bacteria levels, controlling genetic risk factors.

Genetic Testing Identifies Risk Level

Via a simple mouth swab, genetic markers get analyzed to categorize your susceptibility as low, moderate, or high. Testing also considers how rapidly bone loss may progress if swelling goes unaddressed. Knowing genetic risk guides treatment approaches and determines optimal cleaning frequency. Some patients require more antibacterial therapies or closer monitoring through advanced diagnosis tools. This personalized care leads to better outcomes.

Proactive Steps to Overcome Genetics

While genetic risk plays a role in periodontal disease, proactive patients can still achieve excellent oral wellness over time. Get tested to identify your risk factors, then work with an experienced periodontist to map an oral health strategy targeted to your unique needs.

Consistent care with attention to early disease indicators and inflamed pockets makes all the difference in effectively managing genetic tendencies. Contact our knowledgeable periodontal team today to discuss your genetic testing and customized prevention options. Together, we can keep your smile healthy, regardless of your biology.

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