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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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The Most Common Types of Gum Surgery


Posted on 11/22/2021 by Periodontal Associates
The Most Common Types of Gum SurgeryBesides daily brushing and flossing, periodic dental check-ups are crucial to maintaining good oral hygiene. A thorough oral exam can help you detect gum diseases and other complications in the early stages. By skipping regular dental checkups, you might let untreated gum diseases spread to other areas, thereby increasing the need for surgical treatments in the future. Gum surgeries typically revolve around curbing the extent of bacterial infection and rebuilding the damaged tissues during the process.

Common Types of Gum Surgery


During a deep clean our dentists will lift back the gums to get to the underlying periodontal pockets. The procedure, often called Gingival Flap Surgery, allows our dentists to get rid of hardened tartar, from both above and beneath the gum tissue. Bone reshaping might come into the picture too if there was any significant damage caused to the internal bones by the accumulation of plaque.

Gingivectomy is a type of gum surgery where we remove overgrown or excess tissue from the enlarged gum pockets in order to create room for natural or artificial replacement teeth. On the other hand, with Gingivoplasty we will reshape the healthy gum line to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

Gum graft surgery is common when patients have lost a substantial amount of tissue to decay or rot as a result of gum disease. Our dentists will take tissue from the healthy part of your mouth and stitch it over the infected area to allow natural regeneration and healing of the gum tissue. We will often use this to reverse the damage done by acute gum diseases such as periodontitis.

Gum regeneration is another effective method of healing and recreating lost gum tissues. Our dentist will fold back the gum line, cleanse the area of any bacteria, and injects the infected area with tissue stimulating proteins. A combination of bone grafts and membranes is also added to the mix to naturally rebuild the damaged tissue. To find out of you may benefit from gum surgery, please contact our office today!

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