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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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Oral tips for healthy holiday season


Posted on 3/21/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Oral tips for healthy holiday seasonIf you are going on a holiday, then this means that you are bound to spoil yourself with different meals. This means that you will indulge in meals that can be quite harmful to the teeth. This should not be the case if you can still go on holiday and eat healthy foods. The dentist will help you create a traveling guide for foods that you should eat and those that you should not eat while on holiday.

Avoid sugary foods


Eating foods with sugar while on holiday is something many people fail to avoid. They will eat cakes, sweets, and candies that will make them happy during the holiday but will eventually bring about oral health hazards to you. Sugar in foods will combine with mouth bacteria and they cause the teeth enamel to be eroded. When the enamel erodes it exposes the dentin and the pulp cavity gets infected. When the pulp cavity is infected the blood vessels and nerves get exposed and cause sensitivity. When a tooth is sensitive it is after exposure to cold or hot temperatures. Avoid the sugars while on holiday to keep the teeth in optimal health.

Avoid acidic foods


Acidic foods are those that will cause you too many health issues, they will bring about dental cavities and can lead to tooth loss. Some of the acidic foods include fruits with citrus such as lemon, oranges, and even pineapples. Eating the fruits is healthy but they need to be taken together with other meals. The acidic foods will erode the enamel and will cause you oral health issues. While on holiday observe what you are eating and avoid too much intake of red wine, cigarettes, and coffee for they might cause your teeth to stain. Our dental team will guide you on foods that will keep you healthy during the holiday season.
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