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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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Can You Be Able to Recognize Oral Cancer


Posted on 12/23/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Can You Be Able to Recognize Oral CancerCancer can develop anywhere in the body, including the throat and mouth. Oral cancer, for instance, can strike anytime and at any age even in those people who do not use tobacco. It is important you know the signs of oral cancer and learn the ways to prevent it. When it comes to recognizing oral cancer, you may see or detect some signs, but to determine whether it is cancer or something, you need to visit our dental specialist.

Signs of Oral Cancer


Oral cancer presents in different ways. You may have signs such as a red or white patch in your mouth or a sore that will bleed easily and does not heal. The presence of a thick or hard spot or even a lump could signal oral cancer. If you notice roughened or crusted areas in your mouth, pain or tenderness, numbness, or change in how the teeth fit together when biting down, you need to see our dental professionals.

Other signs that could indicate oral cancer are problems in chewing, speaking, swallowing, or moving the jaw and tongue. If you have pain in the throat or are feeling something caught in the throat, these could point toward oral cancer. Something to mention here is that while these signs can signal that you have cancer, on the other hand, you need to get cancer screening to rule out the presence of a different health condition. Some of these signs and symptoms can appear in other diseases.

How a Periodontist Can Help


Our periodontist can help when it comes to fighting oral cancer. During your regular dental visits, you will get examinations to see if there are signs indicating cancer. The periodontist checks for suspicious spots and feels for lumps around and in your mouth, including the roof of the mouth, under your tongue, inside the cheeks, and other areas of the neck and head.

The most common symptom of oral cancer is the presence of a flat, painless, red or white spot, or a small sore. In most cases, a spot or sore within the mouth is harmless, however, it is crucial that you tell our periodontal specialists if you experience any signs that may indicate oral cancer. Visit our dental office for oral cancer screening today.

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