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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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Getting Dental Crowns – What to Expect?
Man standing behind question marks at Periodontal Associates in Beaverton, ORA damaged tooth can cause you a lot of pain and discomfort, and leaving it untreated can ultimately result in its loss. However, it is possible to repair the tooth and restore its looks and functionality. At Periodontal Associates, we offer a wide range of dental solutions towards this end. Top among these solutions is the dental crown placement.

What Are Dental Crowns?


Dental crowns are prosthetic caps that are placed on the top of the teeth, where they are permanently bonded to the tooth by cementing them. Dental crowns are used to fix a wide range of teeth damage problems. Since the crowns are placed on the visible part of the tooth, they also help to improve the appearance of the teeth.

What Problems Can Dental Crowns Help to Fix?


Getting dental crowns can help to fix several teeth problems such as
•  Tooth decay. Dental crowns can be used after treatment of a decayed tooth (through root canal or fillings) to restore its strength and prevent further infection.
•  Cracked tooth, chipped, or broken tooth. A dental crown can be placed on top of a tooth to hide its crack, chips, or, in the case of a broken tooth, to restore its shape and size.
•  Misshaped teeth. Dental crowns can be placed on top of badly shaped teeth after they have been properly prepared to restore their proper shape and size.
•  Worn out teeth. If you have worn out teeth (due to aging or habits such as teeth grinding, excessive pressure when chewing, etc.), dental crowns can help to restore their shape, size, and strength. They can also prevent further damage to the teeth by providing them with a protective cover.
•  Discolored teeth. Dental crowns can be placed on top of discolored teeth to hide stains.

Dental Crowns Options


There are several types of dental crowns that are available to choose from. These options, which vary regarding material, including
•  Ceramic or porcelain crowns. These two types are the most popular because the material used has a natural tooth-like color. They are ideal cosmetic dental procedures to fix teeth discoloration, badly shaped teeth, etc.
•  Metal crowns. These are made from metal such as gold, platinum, nickel, cobalt, chromium, or alloys of these metals. The metal provides a strong surface, which makes them ideal when the main objective is to increase tooth strength or prevent further damage –
•  for example, due to grinding problems. However, the color makes unsightly, and thus they are mostly used for the back teeth.
•  Metal crowns fused with porcelain. This option is used to combine the strong properties of metal crowns with the cosmetic properties of porcelain. The metal provides a strong surface, while the porcelain gives the crowns a tooth-like appearance. Therefore, they can be used for both the front and back teeth. However, these crowns have one main disadvantage
•  the porcelain can wear off over time, exposing the metal.
•  Stainless steel crowns. Stainless steel crowns are usually temporary crowns that are used to cover a tooth while the permanent one is being made. They are also used in treating tooth decay in kids, where they cover the decaying baby tooth to prevent further damage until the permanent tooth is ready to emerge.

Are your teeth damaged or discolored? Dental crowns can help to fix them and restore their natural appearance. Call us, Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414 and get your crowns today.
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