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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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Ways of keeping your gums strong and healthy

Posted on 1/24/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Ways of keeping your gums strong and healthyTo have a beautiful healthy smile your gums need to be healthy too. The gums hold the teeth together and you will have a bring attractive appearance. To keep your gums healthy, you need to maintain a healthy diet, avoid some habits like smoking and drinking too much. Regular dental visits will give you more information on how your gums will remain healthy.

Avoid smoking

Smoking is a habit that causes your gums to be weak. The smoke forms tartar that deposits in between your teeth. The tartar also causes discoloration of the teeth and that bring smile becomes dull. Plaque also forms easily and the bacteria causes tooth decay and this can lead to tooth loss.

Rinse with salty water

Salty water treats gum inflammation and soothes the gum. The salty water kills bacteria found inside the mouth and also cures the sores in the mouth. Rinsing of the mouth with salty water twice daily can end any gingivitis forming, reduces inflammation and soothes the gum. Salty water has antiseptic value and will kill the bad bacteria found in your mouth.

Diet and gums

The diet that your intake plays a major role in maintenance of healthy gums. Eating of sugary foods will cause trouble to your teeth, sugar causes tooth decay and can lead to dental caries and finally periodontal gum disease. Acidic foods are also a major cause for unhealthy gums, the acid in these foods causes erosion of the tooth enamel and when the enamel is exposed you develop dental caries and tooth decay.

Our dentist will help you in identifying of better ways to maintain healthy gums and will offer best treatment options if you have any gum disease.
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