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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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Why You Shouldn't Delay Seeing a Dentist if You Suspect Gum Recession


Posted on 3/22/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Why You Shouldn't Delay Seeing a Dentist if You Suspect Gum RecessionDo your teeth appear longer than they are? Calling some 'long in the tooth' is usually a way of implying that they are getting old. Many people face gum recession wherein the gums pull away from the teeth, causing them to appear long. Not only does this problem make the teeth look unattractive, but it also makes them vulnerable to disease.

What Causes Gum Recession?


Periodontal disease is a leading cause of gum recession. This infection occurs because of bacteria and food particles that form dental plaque. The deposits of plaque and tartar constantly fuel this infection, weakening gum tissue attachments further. As a result, your gums begin to lose their attachment and pull away from the teeth, exposing the roots that are normally covered by gums.

Why You Shouldn't Delay Seeing a Dentist if You Suspect Gum Recession


Unlike the enamel-protected crowns, the roots of our teeth are covered by a thin material known as cementum. Even though cementum provides less protection than enamel, it isn't normally an issue as the gums also act as a defense barrier against bacteria and other concerning aspects of the mouth. However, it's important to note that without gum coverage, the root area is quite vulnerable to disease and sensitivity.

Since gum disease is the main reason for gum recession, you can reduce your chances of aggravating it by maintaining regular dental routines and visiting your dentist for professional cleanings. Moreover, if you suspect you have a gum recession, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. In case you're experiencing extensive gum recession, you will require clinical intervention to help with its regrowth, which can only be done by a periodontist.

So, if you suspect gum disease or gum recession, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible for a thorough examination. If you are looking for a periodontist, call us at (971) 317-8414 to book an appointment at our clinic Periodontal Associates!

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