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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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Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease


Posted on 10/24/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Risk Factors for Periodontal DiseasePeriodontal disease is a medical condition that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. It is a significant cause of tooth loss in adults. While different factors contribute to the development of periodontal disease, some are more significant than others. The following are some of the most critical risk factors for periodontal disease:

Smoking


Smoking is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Smoking damages the gum tissue and makes it more difficult for the body to fight infection. The gums become irritated and inflamed, which can lead to periodontal disease. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for oral health. If you smoke, talk to a dentist about ways to quit.

Diabetes


Diabetes is caused by high blood sugar levels, damaging the body's ability to fight infection. People with diabetes are likely to develop periodontal disease, which may be more severe. They may experience more bone loss and more gum tissue damage. People with diabetes should see a dentist or periodontist regularly. Good blood sugar control can help prevent or delay the onset of periodontal disease.

Poor Oral Hygiene


Oral health is vital for overall health, yet poor oral hygiene is a common problem. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Good oral habits include brushing the teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. These habits remove plaque from your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky part of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not cleaned, it can harden and form tartar.

Genetics


Lastly, genetics may play a role in who gets the periodontal disease. Studies have shown that 30% of the population is genetically predisposed to the disease. It means they are more likely to develop it, even if they practice good oral hygiene.

Our dentists are experts on periodontal disease and how to prevent it. We can help identify your risk factors for periodontal disease and develop a customized treatment plan to address your individual needs.
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