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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 Do Dental Implants Last?

Posted on 7/18/2022 by Periodontal Associates
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?Dental implants are for those looking to replace missing teeth. They offer several benefits, including improved appearance and speech and enhanced comfort. But one of the most common questions people ask about dental implants is how long they will last. Read ahead to know more.

Life of a Dental Implant

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that can be surgically implanted into your jaw to support a replacement tooth or bridge. People who lose a tooth or several teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or any other factors may be the right candidates for dental implants. How long does a dental implant last? This question does not have a definitive answer because many factors can affect the longevity of a dental implant, including the type of implant, the location of the implant, the oral hygiene habits of the patient, and whether or not the patient experiences any trauma the mouth. However, with proper care, most implants can last for many years.

How to Elongate the Life of a Dental Implant?

Even though dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, there are still some things that you can do to help prolong their life. Here are four tips for elongating the life of your dental implants, like quitting smoking and practicing good oral hygiene. Smoking can cause inflammation and irritation in the gums, leading to gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of dental implant failure, so it is essential to quit smoking if you want your implants to last. Your dental implants need to be brushed and flossed daily like your natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive fluoride-based toothpaste to avoid damaging your implants. In addition, see your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups. Finally, avoid using your teeth as tools. Your teeth are not meant to be used for opening packages or biting your nails. Doing so can put unnecessary stress on your implants and cause them to break or become loose. If you have any type of questions about how to care for your dental implants, be sure to ask our dentist.
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