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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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Toothbrushing Mistakes You Should Avoid To Ensure A Better Smile


Posted on 4/11/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Toothbrushing Mistakes You Should Avoid To Ensure A Better SmileA majority of people have made strides to follow a routine involving brushing their teeth twice a day. However, because this practice has become so custom, some people have picked up bad brushing habits knowingly or unknowingly. Improper dental care will bring about a decline in oral and overall health. You should ensure you tackle your brushing mistakes before they ruin the health of your smile.

Mistake #1: Use of the Wrong Toothbrush


There are many toothbrush brands and styles you find in stores. As a result, you find it difficult to choose the right toothbrush from the stores' aisles. Many people say that they have no idea what type of toothbrush they need to use and often end up picking theirs randomly. Next time you are in the store for a new toothbrush, choose one that has a head that comfortably fits your mouth. For a smaller mouth, choose a small-headed toothbrush to ensure it reaches every side and corner of your teeth. Also, ensure the handle fits comfortably in your hand. Soft-bristled toothbrushes prevent damage to your delicate gums or even the enamel.

Mistake #2: Use of the Wrong Toothpaste


Your brushing goals should guide you in choosing the right toothpaste. If you want to control tartar, choose tartar control toothpaste to help protect the teeth and gums from gathering plaque. If you have sensitive teeth, use desensitizing toothpaste. Similarly, if your pearly whites are looking a little dull, you may want to choose whitening toothpaste. When it comes to shopping for kids' toothpaste, choose one with a little amount of fluoride because too much of this compound can damage the delicate teeth of the kids.

Mistake #3: Not Brushing for the Right Duration or Overdoing It


Many people don't brush their teeth for the recommended 2 minutes a session. When standing by the sink or bathroom mirror, two minutes can feel like 10. Find ways to help keep you busy while standing as you brush. This way, you will be able to brush for two minutes or so. You can play your favorite video or a song while brushing. Also, brushing your teeth excessively can be as harmful as not brushing adequately. Don't brush more than 3 times a day because it may wear down the enamel, hence leading to gum decay.

Watch out for these and other mistakes you make while brushing. This way, you will be able to keep your gums and teeth protected. Contact our periodontics team to learn how to maintain your oral hygiene and discover some of the brushing mistakes you could be making. Schedule your appointment.
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