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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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Dangers of Smoking if You Have Dentures

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Dangers of Smoking if You Have DenturesDo you have dentures? Do you smoke? Usually, it is best to refrain from smoking if you wear dentures, as doing so can affect the health of your gums and lead to further problems with the fit of the prosthetics. The following information will give you the details and reasons why smoking is not advised.

What Happens When You Smoke and You Wear Dentures

When you smoke and wear dentures, the activity usually hardens the gums to protect against the smoke that you inhale. However, the gums can also shrink and start to recede when you smoke or chew tobacco, which causes a problem with your dentures' fit. Once you end smoking, the gums will regenerate so the softer gum layer is restored. After this happens, it is easier to get your dentures to fit along the alveolar ridge.

Why Smoking Affects Gum Health

The nicotine in cigarettes restricts the flow of blood in the blood vessels in the mouth and body. As a result, any blood supply to your gums becomes limited. When the flow of blood is limited, it takes longer for the gum tissue to heal, or it has problems regenerating. If you wear dentures, the goal is the keep your gums healthy and free of infection. Smoking can make this difficult. Also, when you smoke, you increase the rate that bone is lost. When this occurs, it can negatively affect your looks and dental profile.

Smoking is never a good activity, whether or not you wear dentures. The tobacco stains both natural and artificial teeth, which makes it that much harder to care for your dentures or your teeth. If you need help in this regard, we can refer you to places where you can get help with quitting. To improve your dental health, sometimes all you need to do is to stop a bad habit. Contact us if you wear dentures and smoke and need to know more about what it can do to your oral and general health.

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