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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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What Is The Pinhole Gum Treatment Technique?

Posted on 4/25/2022 by Periodontal Associates
What Is The Pinhole Gum Treatment Technique?If you are seeking the least invasive treatment for your gum recession, you may consider the Pinhole technique over the traditional gum grafting treatment. Left untreated, gum recession can cause many complications. It can lead to sensitivity and pain. It may also make your teeth become loose. Eventually, you may lose your tooth. So what does the Pinhole gum treatment involve?

The Pinhole Surgical Treatment

Unlike conventional procedures such as soft-tissue grafting that involves taking gum tissue from your palate or other areas, the Pinhole technique is a bit different. It involves the treatment of gum recession by pulling down the tissue that borders your tooth. A periodontist or dental specialist utilizes collagen strips to help restore your gum line. Eventually, the body absorbs the collagen strips, leading to the desired goals of this procedure.

A periodontist makes one or several pinholes within the gum tissue and cautiously adjusts the gum tissue using accurate microsurgical techniques to help cover the exposed roots. The specialist then secures the new gum tissue using small biocompatible collagen strips to keep the gum tissue firmly secured and prevent it from moving around at the time of healing. Once the procedure is done, you experience little to no pain or discomfort which often occurs in patients who receive traditional gum grafting patients.

If you want to learn more about the Pinhole surgical procedure, visit our dental office. We have a range of gum recession treatment options we offer. Depending on your specific case, we will determine which procedure best works for you. We will examine your gums to see the extent of the recession and recommend an appropriate treatment. We want to ensure that you have healthy gums and teeth. Additionally, we will provide you with tips on how to maintain healthy gums at home. During your regular checkups, we will also examine the gums as well as the teeth and other areas of the oral cavity to see if there are issues of concern. Book your appointment today.

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