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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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Periodontal Gum Disease Treatments


Posted on 8/22/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Periodontal Gum Disease TreatmentsPeriodontal gum disease is an inflammatory condition characterized by loss of attachment of the teeth to the alveolar bone and supporting periodontium due to an over-accumulation of plaque, microbial products, and food debris in the periodontal pockets. Fortunately, periodontal gum disease treatments are available for people with moderate to advanced periodontitis. Here are some treatments for periodontal gum disease:

Good Oral Hygiene


Periodontal gum disease is caused by bacteria that build up around your teeth and gums (gingiva). These bacteria cause inflammation that leads to pockets between your teeth and gums. The bacteria also produce toxins that irritate the gums and cause them to recede from the tooth roots, causing loose teeth.
Flossing your teeth daily and brushing them twice daily can help prevent periodontal gum disorder by removing plaque between your teeth. It would help if you also rinsed with an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing to eliminate any remaining particles in your mouth.

Scaling and Cleaning


Scaling removes deposits from the teeth, such as plaque and tartar. It can be done by hand or with a scaler, a special tool that removes plaque and calculus (tartar). In some cases, dental floss may be used to clean between teeth that are close together.

When scaling is necessary, it should be done every six months or sooner if you have any signs of gum disease. If you suffer from periodontal (gum) disease, your dentist may recommend scaling more often than every six months. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to do it at home.

Root Canal Therapy


This involves a procedure carried out to treat infected or injured pulp inside a tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that connects to nerves, blood vessels, and nerves (inside the tooth). A root canal removes all of this tissue from inside the tooth so it can no longer cause pain or infection. After a root canal procedure, most patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms.
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