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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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Stem Cell Based Bone Grafting

A hygenist showing an x-ray to a patient at Periodontal AssociatesIn the past, a bone graft was a fairly intensive procedure. We would have to take donor tissue from other parts of your body and attach it to the surgical site, using special material to try to encourage it to affix properly. However, we here at Periodontal Associates are excited to introduce a newer, more promising technology that can help streamline and facilitate the entire bone graft procedure. By using stem cells, we can help our patients have more successful bone grafts with less uncertainty and discomfort.

How Does a Stem Cell Based Bone Graft Differ?

Tooth loss is often accompanied by bone loss. This is because the presence of teeth can stimulate the bone in the mouth, encouraging it to regenerate and stay healthy and strong. When tooth loss occurs, therefore, the body may start to reabsorb the bone in the mouth. This can lead to atrophy at the site of the tooth loss.

In the past, a bone graft required the placement of donor tissue at the site of the tooth loss. Typically, this involved placing a surgical incision on the gums to expose the dental bone. The donor material (which could come from a cadaver, an animal, or from the patient’s own body) would then be placed at the surgical site.

Today, we can use stem cells to improve the bone graft. The donor tissue is normally blood cells that come from the patient, which means that patients who have questions about the sourcing do not need to be concerned about the donor tissue. These stem cells can then help regenerate the ligaments and the cementum of the tooth, generating a strong, healthy, and functional restoration of the bone material in the patient’s mouth.

What are the Advantages of a Stem Cell Based Bone Graft?

When compared to traditional bone grafts, stem cell-based bone grafts have many distinct advantages. One key advantage of a stem cell bone graft is that they are typically completed in our office. This helps eliminate the need for a lengthy hospital stay. Because they are less invasive than traditional bone grafts, that means that they can also be more affordable than conventional bone grafts, as well.

Not all patients are good candidates for traditional bone grafts. This is less of a concern with stem cell-based bone grafts. Stem cell bone grafts can be good for patients of all ages (including elderly patients) and those who may have pre-existing conditions (which can include certain autoimmune disorders, cancer, and diabetes) that may eliminate them from candidacy for a traditional bone graft.

Bone grafts not only help patients who have considered dental implants, but they can also benefit individuals who may be at elevated risk of tooth loss due to loss of surrounding bone and gum tissue. If you would like to learn more about the incredible technology that is making stem cell based bone grafts a reality, or you are interested in scheduling an appointment with us here at Periodontal Associates, please give us a call today at (971) 317-8414!
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