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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 Are the Signs of Oral Cancer?

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Periodontal Associates
What Are the Signs of Oral Cancer?Oral cancer is part of the larger category of head and neck cancers. Oral cancer can affect your tongue, lips, cheeks, gums, palate, or the bottom of your mouth. Read on to learn more about the different signs of oral cancer and how this disease can be treated.

Oral Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of oral cancer include red or white patches on your tongue, lips, or cheeks; mouth sores that will not heal; lumps or growths in your mouth; and pain or tenderness in your mouth. You may also experience bite issues, teeth that feel loose, a sore throat, and difficulty chewing or swallowing. You should come see us if you are showing any of these signs, especially if they do not resolve on their own within two weeks.

Oral Cancer Treatment

When oral cancer is detected early, there is a much higher chance of treating it successfully. Unfortunately, many cases of oral cancer are not caught until they have spread to the neck and lymph nodes during a later stage of development. The first step of diagnosing and treating oral cancer is to take a biopsy of your mouth sore, patch, or growth. If it is cancerous, your treatment might involve a combination of surgery, medication, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

Oral Cancer Prevention

There are several factors that can greatly increase your risk of developing oral cancer, including age, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, and more. Being aware of your risk factors is especially important in preventing oral cancer. If you drink heavily or use tobacco, talk to your doctor about cutting back or quitting completely. Always use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from excessive sun exposure. Finally, make sure you keep up to date with your routine dental checkups and let us know whenever you notice any changes to your oral health. Our staff is here to help, so call us today if you have questions.
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