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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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What You Need to Do When Gum Disease Gets Advanced

Posted on 2/29/2020 by Periodontal Associates
What You Need to Do When Gum Disease Gets AdvancedMany people know about gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. They understand that it's a sign that they have been lacking in their oral hygiene. In most cases, gingivitis can be fought by brushing and flossing regularly while also cutting back on sugary treats.

Coming to see us every six months is also definitely recommended since we will be able to monitor your gingivitis and give you tips on how to handle it. A regular professional cleaning will also remove the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.

But what do you do if you have advanced gum disease? It's not as simple as brushing more often.

Advanced Gum Disease Requires Professional Help

When your gum disease has advanced to the point that your gums are receding, the roots of your teeth have been exposed, and the bone in your jaw has started to deteriorate, it's going to take more than what you can do at home to get it under control. You need to come in so we can begin treating your infection, which is what you have. Your gums are infected with bacteria. You may need antibiotics to clear up the infection, but it can go beyond that.

One thing we often do to deal with advanced gum disease is called scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning procedure that does require anesthetic. We scrape off all of the tartar and plaque that has accumulated on your gums and smooth out any rough spots that have formed on the roots of your teeth. This also removes bacteria and makes it easier for the gums to reattach to your teeth.

Want To Learn More?

There are other procedures that you may need depending on how advanced your gum disease is. If the gums have receded, you may need gum sculpting to restore them to their normal length. We may also need to deal with any open pockets that have formed and graft bone onto any area where the bone has eroded.

If you're dealing with advanced gum disease, don't wait around. The earlier we start working on it, the better. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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