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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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Finding Oral Cancer in Its Early Stages is the Key to the Best Chances of Recovery

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Finding Oral Cancer in Its Early Stages is the Key to the Best Chances of RecoveryNobody ever wants to be told that they have oral cancer. However, most types of oral cancer are highly treatable if discovered in time. For this reason, your best chances of recovering from an oral cancer diagnosis are linked to early discovery.

Oral Cancer

Many people never consider that cancer can strike in the mouth or throat area. When they hear the word “cancer” they automatically think of things like brain cancer, bone cancer, and so on. Sadly, cancer can strike anywhere in the body, including the mouth and throat.
To make matters worse, cancers that form in the mouth and throat, often go undetected until they have spread to the lymph nodes. At that point, the cancer can spread rapidly throughout the entire body, leading to poor prospects of recovery.

How to Ensure You Are Not Surprised by an Oral Cancer Diagnosis

With all this in mind, it is very important to be sure that you are regularly screened for oral cancer. This screening is best done by a professional who knows what to look for. A routine part of your dental checkup should include a thorough screening for cancer.
If you begin to develop oral cancer and it is caught in time, your prospects for survival are quite good. In fact, the National Cancer Institute estimates that your survival rate is over 80% in cases where the cancer has not spread. This underscores the importance of regular screening for all types of oral cancer.
If you have any questions about oral cancer, please contact us. We are happy to take the time to talk with you and help educate you as to what you can do to make sure your prospects for catching cancer are strong. We are here to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you.
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