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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 Long Will It Take For Implant And Grafting To Heal


Posted on 5/23/2022 by Periodontal Associates
How Long Will It Take For Implant And Grafting To HealWhen getting dental implants a dentist will screen you in order to determine if there may be any preliminary treatments required such as bone grafting. If it is discovered that you don't have enough bone to allow proper anchoring of the implants, bone grafting is recommended. Perhaps you may be asking how long it takes for the grafting and implant treatments to heal.

Healing Timeline for Implant and Graft


A graft will take about 3 to 6 months before the bone becomes strong enough to allow the placement of implants. The surgical site has to go through a process known as osseointegration. In this process, the grafted bone tissue will stimulate the nearby bone, allowing the two to fuse together. An implant will not be fitted until the bone heals completely. The entire process is spaced out over numerous months from the time the bone graft is done to the final placement of the artificial tooth.

Often, the recovery will vary from one individual to another. The periodontist taking care of the procedure is the best-placed specialist to give you a more precise timeline for a dental bone grafting procedure. You may experience minor irritation during the first few days, but complete recovery normally occurs within 6 to 8 weeks or so.

To ensure that you heal properly, you need to follow a softer diet and refrain from chewing on that particular side of the mouth. There should be no severe pain, although you may have minor bleeding and tissue irritation. If you have just had gum disease treatment, you may be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent infection from occurring in the soft tissue or the blood vessels surrounding the bone.

Learn more about bone grafting and implant placement and their timelines by consulting with your team. Schedule an appointment to discuss the procedures and what to expect after the treatment.


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