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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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Digital Impressions Beaverton OR

Surgical suite at Periodontal Associates in Beaverton, ORDigital impressions, or digital X-rays, represent a cornerstone of modern dentistry, offering a safe and efficient means of diagnosing and addressing dental issues.

We recommend complementing your regular dental checkup with digital impressions at Periodontal Associates so we can get the best possible picture of your dentition, and easily spot any changes or concerns that may be going on inside your mouth.

What Are Digital Impressions?

Digital X-rays, also referred to as digital radiography or digital impressions, depart from traditional film-based methods by utilizing digital sensors to capture images.

This innovation eliminates the need for film development and enables instantaneous viewing of images on a computer screen, promoting efficiency and effectiveness in diagnosis and treatment.

Patients can see, right alongside the dentist, their digital images.

This allows our dental team the opportunity, right during the dental appointment, to explain to our patients what we are seeing in their dental images.

How it Works

Despite the historical prominence of traditional X-rays in healthcare, digital X-rays have emerged as a preferred option due to several distinctive advantages.

These include:

•  Reduced Radiation Exposure: Digital X-rays minimize radiation exposure by necessitating fewer images and delivering superior image quality compared to film-based methods.

•  Enhanced Processing Times: Unlike traditional X-rays requiring film development, digital images are swiftly captured and displayed, expediting diagnoses and treatment decisions.

•  Convenient Storage and Manipulation: Digital images are easily stored electronically, occupying minimal space and facilitating effortless sharing and manipulation on computer platforms.

•  Environmental Friendliness: Digital X-rays eliminate the need for film and chemical processing, mitigating environmental pollution and offering a more sustainable alternative.

Ensuring Safety with Dental X-Rays

Despite employing radiation, dental X-rays pose minimal risks, particularly when utilizing digital technology.

Dentists employ lead aprons to shield vital organs during procedures, further minimizing potential exposure risks for patients, including pregnant women.

Addressing Dental X-Rays During Pregnancy

While dental X-rays are generally safe during pregnancy, precautions are taken to minimize risks.

Lead aprons provide comprehensive protection for both the mother and the developing fetus, ensuring safety throughout the procedure.

However, some expectant mothers may opt to delay X-rays until after the first trimester for added peace of mind.

Determining the Frequency of Dental X-Rays

The frequency of dental X-rays is personalized based on individual oral health needs.

Generally, annual X-rays are recommended for healthy adults to identify potential issues not discernible during routine checkups.

Integration with Other Dental Technologies

Digital X-rays synergize with advanced technologies like 3D imaging and intra-oral cameras, enhancing diagnostic capabilities and treatment precision.

Three-dimensional imaging offers detailed models of the oral cavity, facilitating accurate diagnoses and treatment planning, while intra-oral cameras provide real-time visualization for improved problem detection.

Come See Us!

Digital X-rays represent a pivotal advancement in dentistry, offering a safe, efficient, and effective means of diagnosing and treating dental issues.

By understanding their safety, recommended frequency, and integration with other technologies, patients can make informed decisions about their dental care.

To schedule a dental exam or inquire about our services, please contact us at Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414.
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