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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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Surgical and Non Surgical Use of Lasers in Periodontics


Posted on 12/5/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Surgical and Non Surgical Use of Lasers in PeriodonticsToday, periodontists commonly use laser technology in procedures intended to improve health and re-establish the proper function of teeth and supporting structures. This post will review the lasers used in periodontics, their benefits, limitations, and common applications. Read on!

Surgical Lasers


A CO2 laser is a surgical tool used during scaling and root planning procedures to remove calculus and reshape the root surface. It uses carbon dioxide gas as its energy source, making it ideal for cutting through hard tissue (bone and calculus). The laser beam is focused on a single point at a time to cut through the tissue without damaging surrounding healthy tissue or surrounding structures like nerves or blood vessels.

The benefits of using these devices include minimizing bleeding during surgery, decreasing postoperative pain, decreasing surgical time, less surgical trauma, and improving aesthetic results. Luckily, surgical lasers have no disadvantages when used with appropriate techniques and precautions by trained professionals.

Non Surgical Lasers


These lasers are used to treat gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other diseases of the mouth's soft tissues. They are often used with scaling and root planing (SRP) or other types of non-surgical periodontal therapy. These low-power lasers do not cause tissue damage as they can be focused on small areas for precise treatment.

Since lasers can be used to remove plaque, calculus, and inflammation from around the teeth without causing bleeding or damage to the surrounding tissue, this can help prevent further infections or tooth loss. CO2 lasers are also useful for treating root surface caries (cavities) by removing the decay.

Complications of Using Lasers in Periodontic Treatments


Lasers often used in treatments do come with complications. The most common complications of using lasers in periodontics include:

Bleeding

Some patients experience a small amount of bleeding after laser therapy. For most patients though, the bleeding usually subsides within a few days.

Swelling

Swelling can occur after laser treatment but usually goes away within one week. Some swelling may last for several weeks.

Pain

Mild pain is common after laser therapy, but you should be able to manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Contact your dentist for further instructions if your pain does not improve with these medications.
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