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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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Esthetic Treatment Beaverton • Tualatin • NE Portland

A dental assistant consulting a patient in the consultation room with dental tools in foreground at Periodontal Associates At Periodontal Associates, we understand the importance of a confident smile.

Our esthetic treatment services are designed to improve not just the appearance of your teeth, but also your overall oral health.

From addressing a gummy smile to providing state-of-the-art denture solutions, our team of skilled dental professionals, including experienced dental assistants, is here to guide you through each step of your transformation.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Esthetic crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of a "gummy" smile.

This treatment involves reshaping the gum tissue and, if necessary, the underlying bone to expose more of the teeth.

The result is a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile where the teeth are more prominently displayed.

Smile Makeover

A smile makeover encompasses a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures aimed at enhancing the overall appearance of one's smile.

This can include teeth whitening, dental veneers, crowns, and orthodontics, among others.

Tailored to meet individual needs, a smile makeover can address several aesthetic concerns, such as tooth color, alignment, spacing, and shape, to achieve a harmonious and bright smile.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are custom-fitted caps placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance.

Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or resin, and are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

They are a durable solution for strengthening teeth that have been compromised and can also be used to improve a tooth's cosmetic appearance.

Implant Supported/Hybrid Dentures

Implant-supported or hybrid dentures provide a more stable and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures.

These dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone through dental implants, offering improved support and preventing the bone loss typically associated with tooth loss.

Patients benefit from a more natural feel and function, including enhanced chewing ability and speech clarity, compared to conventional dentures.

Implant Supported Bridge

Switching from traditional dentures to an implant bridge is an option for individuals looking for a more permanent and stable solution.

Unlike dentures, which are removable, an implant bridge is fixed and supported by dental implants.

This option offers several benefits, including improved comfort, no need for adhesives, and a reduction in bone loss, leading to a more natural-looking and feeling dental restoration.

Patient with straight white esthetic teeth smiling during an exam

Implant Supported Dentures

The main difference between full and partial dentures lies in the extent of tooth loss they are designed to address.

Full dentures are used when all teeth in the upper or lower jaw (or both) are missing, providing a complete set of artificial teeth.

Partial dentures, on the other hand, are suitable for individuals who still have some of their natural teeth.

These dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and can prevent other teeth from shifting.

Both options are custom-made to ensure a comfortable fit and natural appearance.

Esthetic Dental Treatments

Contact Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414 to schedule an appointment with our dental experts at a location near you.

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