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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 Dental Soft Tissue Grafting?

Posted on 8/8/2022 by Periodontal Associates
What Is Dental Soft Tissue Grafting?Dental soft tissue grafting is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance and function of teeth. This procedure can correct several dental problems, including gum recession, tooth decay, and smile asymmetry. Read on to know more.

The procedure of Dental Soft Tissue Grafting

Dental soft tissue grafting is a surgery that replaces lost gum tissue around your teeth. It can be caused by genetic disposition, periodontal disease, or tooth loss and is often a necessary precursor to dental implants. The procedure involves taking a strip of tissue from the roof of your mouth and affixing it to the exposed root. This additional tissue helps to support the implant and protects against further recession. In some cases, a connective tissue graft may be used instead of normal gum tissue. This graft is taken from deeper layers of the mouth and involves a more complicated surgery. However, it can provide better long-term results. Dental soft tissue grafting can be essential for maintaining your oral health and preventing further tooth loss.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Soft Tissue Grafting?

Common dental soft tissue grafting reasons include receding gums, root coverage, and esthetic improvement. In short, anyone who has lost gum tissue due to disease or trauma may be a candidate for this type of procedure. The oral surgeon will evaluate the patient's individual needs and determine if dental soft tissue grafting is the best course of treatment. Thanks to advances in surgical techniques, this procedure can be performed quickly and easily, with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Aftercare of Dental Soft Tissue Grafting

After your dental soft tissue grafting surgery, it is essential to take care of your mouth. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after the procedure. It is also important to eat soft foods and brush your teeth gently to avoid disturbing the graft site. Your oral surgeon will give you specific instructions on caring for your mouth after the surgery. Following these instructions carefully will help you heal quickly and prevent complications.

If you consider this procedure, consult with our experienced oral surgeon to discuss your options.

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