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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 Periodontists and What We Do


Posted on 11/8/2021 by Periodontal Associates
What Are Periodontists and What We DoA periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating gums and bones in the mouth responsible for supporting teeth. Periodontists are also trained to identify, treat and prevent severe forms of gum disease. Unlike a general dentist, a periodontist goes through three additional years of dental school before being certified. Gum disease is an infection of the gums which causes inflammation and swelling. At our dental clinic, we have professional periodontists who can restore your beautiful smile and improve your oral health.

How Do Periodontists Help Their Patients?


Our team of periodontists carries out dental exams to assess the health of your teeth and gums. If there are symptoms of gum disease, they can provide treatment through a dental plan. Many people experience tooth loss as a result of gum disease. A periodontist can perform oral surgery like placing, repairing, and maintaining dental implants to replace the lost teeth. We also perform scaling and rooting to remove plaque and other types of buildup on the tooth's surface.

When a patient's gums pull back, exposing the tooth's roots, then we may perform a gum graft to prevent the tooth from falling out. In case of damage to the jaw because of injury, we can also perform a set of surgeries to restore your smile and jaw bone structure. If our patients have other dental issues, we periodontists can advise on the best lifestyle changes to improve or maintain proper oral hygiene like flossing and brushing teeth twice a day. we also prescribe medication like painkillers to ease any discomfort and oral mouthwash to kill bacteria.

At our clinic, our team of periodontists will do all they can to restore your beautiful smile by planning the best treatment for your dental condition. If you want a consultation with any of our professional and friendly periodontists, please schedule an appointment with us by calling us today.

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