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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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Do E-Cigarettes Contribute to Gum Disease?

Posted on 12/30/2019 by Periodontal Associates
Do E-Cigarettes Contribute to Gum Disease?E-cigarettes have become incredibly popular since their introduction. These electronic versions of cigarettes make use of flavored vapors, some of which do not actually contain any nicotine at all.

They were seen as a great alternative to traditional cigarettes because they don't contain tar, tobacco, or any of the other incredibly harmful ingredients that greatly damaged the lungs. However, now that we've had several years to study their effects, it's become clear that e-cigarettes aren't as completely harmless as we once believed.

Nicotine Is Not Safe

Just because e-cigarettes don't contain tobacco doesn't mean they're safe. They contain nicotine, which has been determined to affect the gums. Nicotine can contribute to gum disease because it affects your blood flow. By reducing the amount of blood that reaches the gums, nicotine limits the amount of nutrients and oxygen the tissue there is able to receive.

Without these vital nutrients, your gums become starved. This affects their ability to fight off bacteria and heal after being damaged. It leads to the gums receding because there's just not enough oxygen to keep all of the tissue there healthy.

Nicotine also reduces the amount of saliva your mouth produces. The mouth uses saliva to wash away bacteria and other debris from the surface of your teeth and gums. If you're dealing with dry mouth caused by nicotine, it becomes more difficult for your body to naturally keep the mouth clean.

Other Health Risks

In addition to the dangers of nicotine, e-cigarettes also have a number of other health risks. The vapor used is actually a type of aerosol. It contains many small particles that can be toxic. These chemicals have been connected to a number of illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.

Do you smoke e-cigarettes? If you do, you need to be certain you come see us for your regular checkups so we can ensure you're not suffering from gum disease. Call today to book an appointment.
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