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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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How to Keep Gum Recession from Progressively Getting Worse

Posted on 11/16/2020 by Periodontal Associates
How to Keep Gum Recession from Progressively Getting WorseGum disease can be stopped and reversed in the early stages when your gums are first starting to be sore, inflamed, and bleeding. As the disease advances, though, opportunities to reverse the damage and stop the progress diminish.

How to Stop Gum Disease Early

Healthy gums are firm to the touch and pink. When your gums swell, become red or inflamed, or you have blood in the sink when you brush, you may be at the early stages of gum disease that may lead to receding gums. At this point, the damage is reversible.

Reengage your good oral hygiene habits; brush regularly, floss deliberately, use a bacteria-killing mouthwash, and increase the frequency of your teeth cleanings. At the early stages of gum disease, your good habits can make all of your oral health difference.

How to Slow the Progress of Gum Recession

If, after a physical examination, you have gum disease that has progressed to tissue, bone, or tooth loss, you can take steps to slow the progression. Again, good oral hygiene practices are an essential first step.

Often, inflamed gums are a sign of infection, and we may prescribe an antibiotic. It would be best if you continued to get your regular cleanings, but a deeper cleaning, also called tooth scaling and root planing, may help alleviate the progressing disease's symptoms. This process will remove the plaque and tartar build-up beneath the gum line and smooth the root area to prevent bacteria from reattaching the surface. If office-based scaling and planing cannot be effective because of bone loss, surgery may be needed to repair the damaged areas.

If you think that you are in any stage of gum disease, call our office. We can help you determine your gums' health and an effective treatment plan to get you back on track.

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