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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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Can I Get Braces After Periodontal Disease?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Periodontal Associates
a 3d rendering of teeth undergoing periodontal treatmentDental plaque hosts bacteria, which puts you at a higher risk of periodontal disease. You should seek treatment immediately if you notice any symptoms of periodontal disease, such as gum inflammation and gum bleeding. Untreated periodontal disease has detrimental consequences on your teeth, and you might wonder if you can still get braces.

Effects of Periodontal Disease on Your Teeth

If left untreated, periodontal disease spreads to the bones surrounding the gums. You will experience pain anytime you chew. As it gets worse, periodontal disease affects the bones enough to make your teeth shake loosely to the point that you might need to have them removed.

Braces After Periodontal Disease

Getting braces after periodontal disease is possible, but it is a process that requires the collaboration of your orthodontist and periodontist. Your orthodontist will need a clearance confirmation from your periodontist, and you might be asked to sign an orthodontic clearance form. This form is a reassurance that you are ready for orthodontic treatment and that your periodontal health is stable, ensuring the best possible outcomes for you.

Before considering braces, it is essential to be up to date on all general dentistry treatments, including restorative and periodontal health. Once you are appropriately treated and stabilized, you can proceed with carefully managed orthodontic treatment. However, it is important to note that regular monitoring from your periodontist is necessary to ensure that there are no signs of gum disease, providing you with a sense of security about your ongoing dental care.

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of bad bites, also known as malocclusion. Some of the most common orthodontic treatments include clear aligners, braces, and retainers. These treatments are meant to make your teeth together, without which it can significantly impact your oral health.

Contact Us Today

We recommend that you do not have braces installed if your periodontist has detected gum disease. However, you can get braces after you have been treated and stabilized appropriately. Our specialists will ensure that you get your orthodontic treatment when you are sure to get the best results. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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