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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 Does Periodontal Treatment Include?


Posted on 11/21/2022 by Periodontal Associates
What Does Periodontal Treatment Include?Gum disease or periodontal disease is a severe infection caused by bacteria brought about by teeth plaque. It is estimated that at least half of the adults in the country suffer from some form of periodontal disease involving bone loss, and 38% have a severe level of periodontal disease. With that in mind, scheduling routine checks with a professional dental practitioner are vital to mitigate further damage.

Gum disease destroys the bone and supporting tissue around the teeth, creating pockets around the damaged tooth. Failure to address the issue can result in tooth loss, decay or infection. Since it is usually silent, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the telltale signs to know when you need to see a dentist.

Signs You Need to See a Dentist


Common signs of gum disease include bleeding, persistent redness, and swollen gums. While there are many signs to look out for, these are the most common. Scientists believe gum disease also leads to the deterioration of your overall health, particularly for people with diabetes and pregnant women. It is crucial to regularly visit a professional dentist to protect your oral and overall health.

Treating Periodontal Disease


There are usually three phases in the treatment of periodontal disease: initial periodontal therapy, periodontal corrective procedures, and periodontal maintenance. The initial phase involves root planing, scaling, and thorough cleaning to eliminate plaque and bacteria on the root surfaces. The dentist will also smoothen the surface to prevent the buildup of tartar and reattachment of the gum tissue.

The second phase is usually done in areas affected by severe gum disease or where pockets still exist after the initial periodontal therapy. The dentist may recommend pocket reduction through surgery, allowing healthy tissue to attach to the healthy bone.

Last, periodontal maintenance involves follow-up checks with a dentist to prevent a recurrence, especially since there's no known cure for gum disease. Schedule an appointment with a professional dental practitioner to start treatment early and improve your oral health.
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