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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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Which Vitamins Can Improve Your Gum Health?

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Which Vitamins Can Improve Your Gum Health?Gum recession or gum disease can happen for numerous reasons. In most instances, dental neglect is the reason. However, they can also develop because of a person's DNA, over-brushing, or the aging process. Nutritional deficiencies can also lead to problems with gum health.

How Vitamin C Supports Healthier Gums

While calcium and phosphorus, and vitamin D improve tooth health, vitamins C and A improve the health of the gums. Vitamin C also supports teeth health. When you include vitamin C in your diet, the nutrient enhances gum health by maintaining the connective tissues that hold the teeth in place. When you have deficiencies of vitamin C, you can experience gum problems related to infections and bleeding. Foods that contain vitamin C include citrus, peppers, broccoli, berries, kale, and sweet potatoes.

Taking Vitamin A for Gum Health

Vitamin A protects against gum infections because it steps up saliva flow. You need extra saliva, as it neutralizes the bad bacteria in the mouth and helps to remineralize the teeth. If you do not have enough of this substance, your mouth will dry out, making it more susceptible to gum disease. Saliva breaks down food and cleans away plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. Vitamin A is found in orangey-colored foods, such as sweet potatoes, egg yolks, carrots, and bell peppers.

When to Take Supplementation

If you have a healthy diet, you will enhance the health of your teeth and gums. Should you choose to take a supplement, it is best to do so in the early morning, with breakfast. However, before you take any type of vitamin, ask your medical doctor about doing so, as taking a supplement may interfere with the use of prescription medicine.

If you have not done so already, check with us about getting a comprehensive periodontal exam (CPE). You should have one of these exams yearly to check your gum health. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a CPE and consultation.
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