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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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Why Improper Fillings Can Hurt Your Surrounding Teeth


Posted on 1/20/2020 by Ranches Family Dental
Why Improper Fillings Can Hurt Your Surrounding TeethDental fillings have been an integral part of dental care for decades and have saved many teeth that would have otherwise worsened and required more involved and costly dental procedures.

However, a filling procedure needs to be performed properly for this to be the case. After getting a new filling, you may feel some soreness or pain in the area for a couple of days, and this is completely normal. If a filling procedure is not performed properly, you will likely begin to experience more pain on a consistent basis.

Why Am I Having Pain Around an Older Filling?


If you're suddenly feeling pain around a filling from months or years back, you may have an improper filling. Be aware of any pain when you bite or chew, as the filling may be affecting how the chewing surfaces of your teeth meet and rub against each other.

If you're experiencing what might be described as 'toothache pain' deep in your tooth, this could be an indication that the pulp of your tooth wasn't properly prepared prior to the filling procedure. When this happens, your risk of advanced decay increases and may require a root canal.

What About the Teeth Next to an Improper Filling?


If you're experiencing sensitivity or pain in teeth other than the filled tooth, this could be what is known as referred pain and is typically due to your filled tooth passing pain signals to other teeth. However, an improper filling can damage adjacent teeth in the case that decay is in an area where two teeth meet. In addition, the seal between your enamel and your filling can break down over time due to wear and tear. This can lead to serious conditions, such as an abscessed tooth.

If you're having any pain with a filling that's not new, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a visit to find the source of your concern.
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