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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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Top Technologies in Periodontics


Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
a 3d rendering of teeth undergoing periodontal treatmentPeriodontics, the branch of dentistry dedicated to the health of our gums, has seen a remarkable transformation in recent years thanks to advancements in technology. These innovations enhance the precision of diagnoses and treatments, providing a more comfortable patient experience. Some of the top technologies revolutionizing periodontal care include:

Lasers: Precision in Periodontal Care


One of the most groundbreaking technologies in periodontics is the use of lasers. These high-tech beams of light offer precise and minimally invasive solutions for treating gum diseases. Lasers can target and eliminate bacteria without causing damage to surrounding tissues, promoting faster healing and reducing patient discomfort.

Cone Beam CT Scans: A Three-Dimensional Perspective


Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans provide periodontists with a comprehensive three-dimensional view of the oral cavity, facilitating precise treatment planning and execution. Unlike conventional X-rays, CBCT scans offer detailed images of bone structure, soft tissue, and tooth orientation, essential for complex periodontal procedures such as dental implant placement and bone grafting.

Digital X-Rays Enhance Diagnostic Precision


Digital X-rays have revolutionized how periodontists diagnose and plan treatment. Digital X-rays emit significantly less radiation than traditional methods, ensuring patient safety without compromising image quality. Moreover, digital images can be enhanced and manipulated for more accurate diagnosis, enabling periodontists to detect issues early and formulate tailored treatment plans.

Intraoral Cameras: Illuminating Oral Health


Intraoral cameras offer patients a firsthand view of their oral health, fostering understanding and collaboration in treatment decisions. These miniature cameras capture high-definition images of the mouth interior, allowing periodontists to identify problem areas and educate patients on preventive measures.

3D Printing Technology: Precision in Restoration


3D printing technology has revolutionized periodontal restoration, enabling the fabrication of custom-made dental implants, prosthetics, and surgical guides with unparalleled precision. By harnessing digital models of patient oral structures, periodontists can create tailored solutions that ensure optimal fit, function, and aesthetics, revolutionizing the field of periodontal restoration.

Integrating advanced technologies into periodontal practice heralds a new era of precision, efficiency, and patient-centered care. By embracing these innovative tools, our periodontists empower patients to achieve and maintain optimal gum health, paving the way for brighter smiles.

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