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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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Foods that Can Keep Gums Cleaner

Posted on 5/10/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Foods that Can Keep Gums CleanerWhen it comes to gum and tooth health, the foods you eat also play a vital part in preventing gingivitis and tooth decay. Some foods are better, for instance, in keeping the gums clean.

What Foods Promote Better Gum Health and Provide Cleansing?

Foods that are full of nutrition and are fibrous and crunchy keep the gums clean and reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up. Therefore, fresh fruits and vegetables clean the gums and teeth and keep them strong and healthy. Celery, pears, apples, and iceberg lettuce clean the plaque off gums and teeth and strengthen them at the same time. You can also receive good results by eating nuts, which contain calcium and fiber – ingredients that keep the gums firm. Also, whole grains can be eaten to keep the gums cleaner and free of disease.

Other Supportive Measures: Drinking Water, Tea, and Chewing Gum

If you drink plenty of water each day, you will also support cleaner and healthier teeth and gums. By drinking water, you prevent dry mouth and keep food residue from lingering on the gums and teeth. Doing so will ensure that any odor-causing bacteria will also be removed – germs that tend to get captured in the papillae of the tongue and reside on the gingival tissue. You can also chew sugarless gum to promote healthier and cleaner gums. In addition, tea contains polyphenols that prevent the growth of the bacteria that causes plaque to form, which can lead to gum swelling and inflammation.

Eat and Drink Dairy Products

Milk and similar dairy products promote the cleansing and health of the gums as well. For example, drinking milk keeps the gums clean and strengthens both the gums and teeth. The bacteria in yogurt also contains healthy bacteria that builds up in the body, which prevents cavities and gum disease and leads to better digestive health.

If you want stronger and cleaner gums, focus on eating fruits and veggies, dairy products, whole grains, and nuts. Doing so will improve your gum health and well-being overall. You should also contact us about having your gums checked. Book an appointment for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation once a year.

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