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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 a Gum Graft Treat My Receding Gums?


Posted on 2/7/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Can a Gum Graft Treat My Receding Gums?The gums' main purpose is to protect the root of the teeth receding gums expose the tooth's surface and most sensitive part. This leads to pain and sensitivity affects how you feel about your teeth. Gum recession will bring about wobbly teeth that can fall out.

Causes of receding gums


You will have receding gums if you engage in some habits such as brushing too hard or over-brushing. This can also be caused by less brushing and hence causing gum disease. If you floss too vigorously your gums might recede. Orthodontic treatment will also weaken your gums since some people have weak gums.

Treatment of receding gums


If you have receding gums the dentist will use procedures such as gingival grafts, connective tissue grafts, and pedicle grafts. The dentist will let you know the best treatment for you according to your condition. The grafting method involves taking tissue from another part of the mouth and grafting it on the receded area.

Healing after gum grafting


Healing of the receding gums takes like two weeks. The procedure will be done in about an hour and the dentist will guide you on what to do to heal faster. The dentist will ask you not to brush or floss on the treated area. You are not to take hard foods so that they do affect the treated area. The dentist will ask you to eat only soft foods and take liquid foods so that the gums will heal easily. You also need to avoid cigarettes and alcohol. Visit our dental team and you will have receding gums treated by use of grafting procedure
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