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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 We Reverse Any Type of Gum Recession?

Posted on 11/20/2019 by Periodontal Associates
Can We Reverse Any Type of Gum Recession?Gum recession occurs when something causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. Reversing gum recession is often possible if it's caught early on.

However, if your gums have severely receded, it may not be possible to fully reverse the damage, though there are some treatments we can provide that will help your gums regain their health.

Early Gum Recession

If your gums have only recently begun receding, it's possible to reverse the process. Most likely, your gums are receding from either gingivitis or from poor oral hygiene. Both can be dealt with. In fact, both are generally related—you likely developed gingivitis from not brushing and flossing regularly.

By getting into the habit of doing so, you'll be able to heal up your gums. It can also help to make certain you're drinking enough water and are using a good toothbrush. Other things you can do that will help reverse mild gum recession include eating foods that are high in nutrients and avoiding sugary snacks. You should also stop smoking. Smoking makes it much easier for your gums to get infected while also making it more difficult for them to heal correctly.

Advanced Gum Recession

If your gums have receded quite a bit, you will need to come in so we can treat them. We will professionally clean your teeth, including getting the built-up plaque and tartar out of the space that has formed between your teeth and gums. There are a number of other treatments we can apply, too, including gum grafts and even certain techniques using lasers that help your gums heal up.

If you have noticed that you can see parts of your teeth that were once covered by your gums, you have receding gums. You need to call us and set up an appointment as soon as you can so we can begin healing your gums.
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