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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 Periodontal Maintenance the Same as Deep Cleaning?


Posted on 5/1/2024 by Periodontal Associates
a 3d rendering of the stages of gum diseaseKeeping your teeth clean is arguably the best way to keep dental diseases at bay. Sometimes, regular brushing and flossing is not enough. That is where periodontal maintenance and deep cleaning come in. These are advanced cleaning procedures aimed at removing harmful bacteria from your mouth. Nonetheless, the procedures serve different purposes and are done at different times.

What Is Periodontal Maintenance?


Periodontal maintenance is a dental treatment recommended for people with periodontal or gum disease. In most cases, the dentist prescribes periodontal maintenance after a patient receives treatment for gum disease. It helps to keep the gums healthy and prevent the recurrence of gum disease in the future.

Perio maintenance is more thorough than deep cleaning, as it covers both the teeth and the gums. The dentist aims to remove all traces of plaque and tartar from teeth, both below and above the gum line. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, your dentist may recommend periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months or about every six months.

What Is Deep Cleaning?


Although it is less thorough compared to periodontal cleaning, deep cleaning also goes beyond the gum line to remove plaque and tartar from the tiny pockets that form between the gums and the teeth. Moreover, the tooth roots are meticulously cleaned and smoothed, a procedure called root smoothing. This helps to remove residual bacteria and create a cleaner surface for the affected gums to reattach.

Like periodontal maintenance, deep cleaning may require multiple visits to the dentist. However, you do not necessarily need to go for deep cleaning once you recover from gum disease.

Book Your Cleaning Sessions Today


Deep cleaning and periodontal maintenance are essential in maintaining good oral health after gum disease. They are also part of the extensive dental services we offer at our practice. Give us a call today to book your cleaning sessions or dental consultations.
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