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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 Are the Symptoms of Trench Mouth?

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Periodontal Associates
What Are the Symptoms of Trench Mouth?Trench mouth is an infection that causes ulcers and swelling in the gums. "Trench mouth" is a phrase that originated from World War I, a time when this infection was widespread among soldiers fighting in the trenches. Despite its comic origin, this condition can lead to severe consequences if left untreated. There are several symptoms associated with trench mouth, and they vary depending on the advancement of the condition.

Common Symptoms

One of the most common signs of dry mouth is a sudden appearance and rapid gum pain progression. This can either be in a limited or large area of your gums. The gum pain occurs when the damaged parts of your gums come into contact with teeth when you talk or eat. Another common symptom is papillae ulcers, where there are small skin projections between your teeth. You will notice a gray or yellow-white membrane covering the ulcerated papillae. Some of the other common symptoms include extremely bad breath, easily bleeding gums, along swollen lymph glands. When you experience swollen lymph glands, it means the condition is more severe or in its advanced stages.

Causes of Trench Mouth

Trench mouth is a condition that forms a painful gum swelling. Normally, the mouth contains a perfect balance of different bacteria. When there are too many pathogenic bacteria, trench mouth occurs. The gums develop painful ulcers and become infected. Furthermore, other viruses could be involved in allowing the bacteria to grow bigger.

Some of the common causes of trench mouth are poor nutrition, poor oral hygiene, smoking, and a weakened immune system. You must maintain good oral hygiene because it is vital to trench mouth treatment. You should floss and brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. This will help eliminate any dangerous bacteria in your mouth. Visit our offices for more information on the symptoms of trench mouth.
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