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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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How a Dental Bridge Could Help with Gum Disease Treatment


Posted on 3/7/2022 by Periodontal Associates
How a Dental Bridge Could Help with Gum Disease TreatmentGum disease is a severe oral condition that affects your gums. In some cases, this condition is not detected early and means it will develop into a more difficult situation. In that case, more stringent measures need to be taken to combat it. One of the effective treatments for this condition is dental bridges. These oral appliances can help prevent the advancement of gum disease.

The Importance of Dental Bridges


When bacteria start building up around your gums and teeth, you will likely develop gum disease. The continued presence of bacteria could see the formation of plaque and tartar, something that affects your oral health. Such conditions will accelerate the development of gum disease. When the condition advances into severe stages, you will find it challenging to eat or drink. Advanced cases often end up in periodontal pockets that affect your gums.

Dental bridges are helpful because they help replace missing teeth. If gum disease is not treated on time, it can result to tooth loss. Thankfully, bridges help replace them, ensuring your mouth is in good condition. Through dental bridges, the spaces and gaps in your mouth are eliminated. This will help restore your smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift, creating unwanted gaps and spaces.

Consequently, bacteria tend to thrive in such gaps, leading to oral infections. However, your teeth won't shift thanks to dental bridges, keeping them in a firm position. This will also help prevent the spread of bacteria that often results in gum disease. Therefore, dental bridges can do an excellent job in preventing gum disease. This is why you should consider getting them if you want to maintain your good smile. Get in touch with us for more information on gum disease and dental bridges.
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