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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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Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and DiabetesAlmost 64.7 million adults in the U.S suffer from some form of periodontal disease, i.e., nearly 50 percent of the adult population. Moreover, it's one of the most prevalent diseases around the globe. Those who don't know, periodontal (gum) diseases attack gums and the teeth supporting bone. It's also a leading culprit of tooth loss in adults.

That being said, oral health is closely linked to the overall wellbeing of your body. This post explores the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes.

How Is Diabetes Linked to Periodontal Disease?

People who have diabetes have a greater risk of developing periodontal disease. Ineffective blood sugar management can spark concerns with the nerves, heart, eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, and feet – your gums are no exemption.

How Diabetes Affects Your Gums?

Elevated blood sugar levels can impair blood vessels and curb the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the gums, increasing the likelihood of infection in the teeth supporting bone and gums.

Similarly, uncontrolled blood sugar levels also lead to mounting glucose levels in the saliva, thereby producing a breeding ground for bacteria – the prime trigger of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

How Periodontal Disease Effects Diabetic People?

In turn, severe periodontal disease can negatively affect how your body controls blood sugar. This might prompt a person who has diabetes to the threat of long-term complications instigated by diabetes. Gum inflammation resulting from a periodontal infection is the body's defense system fighting back. However, it also disturbs blood sugar management.

In a nutshell, periodontal disease and diabetes are connected in both directions.

Action To Take

Dental professionals at Periodontal Associates recommend patients to inform their dental care providers about their diabetes diagnosis or medication and should undergo comprehensive dental inspection.

Patients who have diabetes must ideally visit a dentist for routine checkups, particularly to ensure their gum's health. If your dental care provider finds any periodontal disease signs, they can instantly initiate management and treatment procedures.

Final Thought

Effective periodontal disease treatment and management for diabetic people is just as possible as with people without diabetes. So, if you want to ensure a happy gum and overall health wellbeing, request an appointment with Dr. Eshraghi by calling at (971) 317-8414.
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