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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 Does Gum Disease Affect The Rest Of Your Body?


Posted on 2/8/2021 by Periodontal Associates
How Does Gum Disease Affect The Rest Of Your Body?Despite the fact that periodontitis is a disease focused on your oral health, its complications do not leave the rest of your body out. In fact, it is much more complicated than most people realize. To help protect yourself from the very serious effects that this pathology has on your body, it is essential to take the steps to help prevent it from occurring in the first place by practicing good oral hygiene.

Gum Disease Puts Your Heart At Risk


Cardiovascular diseases have an important inflammatory component, a characteristic they have in common with gum disease. The inflammatory mediators of periodontitis can trigger, by their migration in the bloodstream, heart attacks and strokes. If you see any sign of gum disease and you have a previous heart issue, you must see our team right away.

Diabetes and Periodontitis


It is also public knowledge that complications of diabetes are closely related to periodontitis. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), diabetics with advanced gum disease are three times more likely to develop kidney disease than those without it. Additionally, the body is continually trying to attack gum disease, and that predisposes it to further raise of blood glucose values.

All these complications are easily preventable not only with an adequate general health control, but also maintaining a regular routine of dental appointments at our office. We can help carry out an individualized treatment protocol that will be the perfect for you. Do not forget that the crucial thing for a better prognosis is the early detection of the disease, so that our team can treat it before serious complications arise.

Early detection and adequate treatment are absolutely necessary to not only prevent gum disease, but also help treat any existing gum disease. To learn more and set up an appointment at our office, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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