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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 Is Guided Tissue Regeneration?

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Periodontal Associates
What Is Guided Tissue Regeneration?For many of our patients, guided tissue regeneration makes the difference when it comes to saving their teeth or experiencing further tooth loss. The following information explains what is involved in this process.

Defining Guided Tissue Regeneration or GTR

Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) is a regenerative procedure used to stimulate the growth of new bone. By using this procedure, we can increase the bone's height around a tooth, which, in turn, gives a tooth more support, and adds to the amount of attachment around a tooth root. Even if you receive 50% of the lost bone's height, you can extend the life of a tooth.

How GTR Works

GTR is a method that is used to repair periodontal flaws, so any affected teeth have more stability and support. When periodontal disease (or advanced gum disease) affects the gums and teeth, a breakdown of the soft and hard tissues of the teeth happens. In turn, gaps develop between the bone and teeth. The bony defects around the teeth often require the use of bone grafts for regeneration. GTR uses artificial membranes to keep the soft tissue from growing into the flawed sites. The membrane is employed to help bone-producing cells to grow before the soft tissue can take hold. When a GTR is done, surgery is performed on the bone and gum, with the gum, at the site, opened by flap surgery. Cutting a flap in the gum allows us to clean the area beneath the gum of bacterial deposits. A membrane is then placed, either with or without a bone grafting material, to stimulate the growth of the damaged bone.

While the above process sounds complicated it allows our patients to retain their smiles and improve their prospects for healthier gums and teeth. If you would like further details about GTR, simply contact us by phone today. We can set up a consultation and a full-scale examination to assess your exact periodontal needs.
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