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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 Periodontal Disease Be Transmitted?


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Periodontal Associates
a close up of a mouth with inflamed gumsPeriodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a commonly occurring dental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Gum disease is contagious to a certain degree. If you are married and your spouse has periodontal disease, your chances of getting the disease significantly increase. It comes second higher among family members who come into contact with each other through coughing, sneezing, and sharing utensils and food. A small section of research indicates that you can get periodontitis when you come into contact with the saliva of another person as long as that person has periodontitis.

Does Everyone Get Periodontitis After Coming in Contact With Infected Saliva?


You can exchange bacteria with your loved ones through saliva and not get periodontal disease. Periodontal disease occurs as a result of bacterial colonization of the subgingival area. However, that is not enough to cause periodontitis. Your immune system and genetic factors work together to heighten your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Scientific evidence indicates that genetic predisposition increases the likelihood of developing periodontal disease. Conversely, a person with no genetic predisposition is less likely to develop periodontal disease, even if they come in contact with the bacteria associated with the disease.

Research on the Transmission of Periodontal Disease


Researchers are still studying the extent to which periodontal disease is contagious. It is critical to note that scientific evidence supporting the spread of periodontitis is ongoing, and it is even considered quite limited at the time. The surest way to stay safe from periodontal disease is by properly controlling plaque by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, using recommended mouthwash, and going for professional deep cleanings at least twice a year.

Call Us Today


Our dentists will examine your mouth and determine if there are any signs of gum disease. Together with your partner or family members, visit us today and have your teeth and gums checked for gum disease and any genetic predispositions to the disease.
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