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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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Should You Opt for a Bridge or Partial Denture?


Posted on 12/7/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Should You Opt for a Bridge or Partial Denture?To understand whether a bridge or partial denture is better for you, you need to learn more about each of these dental prostheses. Usually, a dental bridge works better to fill the gap of one missing tooth while a partial denture is typically recommended for restoring a bite where several teeth are missing on one side of the mouth.

Defining a Dental Bridge


A dental bridge is a restoration that permanently attaches to two implants or natural teeth with crowns. The restoration is called a “bridge” because it “bridges” the gap between the existing natural teeth. The prosthesis is often cemented or bonded to the adjacent teeth. It features an artificial tooth flanked by two crowned teeth or implants. Implants are used ig multiple teeth are missing or no stable teeth can be used. Most bridges are made of porcelain. However, some are composed of metal alloys or gold. People sometimes don't know whether to choose a partial denture or dental bridge because, to add to the confusion, bridges may sometimes be referred to as fixed partial dentures as well.

What Are Partial Dentures?


Just like bridges or “fixed” partial dentures, regular partial dentures replace missing teeth. However, unlike a “fixed” partial denture or bridge, a partial denture is removed at night so it can be soaked for cleaning. While partial dentures feature an artificial gum, made from a gum-colored acrylic, bridges are merely false teeth. Partial dentures are affixed in the mouth using precision attachments or clasps that clip onto the regular teeth.

Again, if you have several missing consecutive teeth, you should consider a partial denture. Otherwise, if you have one or two teeth missing, it would be better to opt for a dental bridge. What you eventually choose will also depend on your future oral health. If you anticipate losing additional teeth, you probably will be encouraged to select the partial denture over the bridge. Would you would like to know more about your choices in this regard? If so, give us a call and book an appointment for a periodontal consultation today.
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