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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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The Signs You May Have Traveler's Breath And How To Remedy It

Posted on 8/21/2023 by Periodontal Associates
The Signs You May Have Traveler's Breath And How To Remedy ItBad breath can sometimes happen to good people, and that can often include travelers. Traveler's breath is a real thing that can sometimes happen to people who otherwise take very good care of their oral hygiene.

What causes Traveler's Breath?

How does bad breath occur while you're traveling? There are a variety of things that can lead to this. For starters, your salivary glands have a tendency to reduce their production of saliva while you're traveling, especially when you're flying. This can allow the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, which can ultimately lead to the development of bad breath.

You're also likely to alter your food intake when you're traveling. You might take more junk food and drinks, or you might end up eating food with a lot more sugar as part of your airplane meal. All of that can lead to more bacteria than usual building up in your mouth due to all the food particles and debris that you leave there.

Sometimes it isn't even caused by the food. Some people are likely to fast, whether intentionally or unintentionally when they're traveling. This can lead to a reduction in the production of saliva, which can lead to a buildup of bacteria and bad breath. While we're talking about all of that happens while you're traveling, we should probably say a thing or two about how you can avoid traveler's breath.

How do you avoid Traveler's Breath?

The solution is as simple as not abandoning your oral hygiene routine while you're traveling. You should brush and floss your teeth even while you're flying. You should also drink plenty of water to remedy the reduction in saliva production that occurs as a result. You should also preferably try to avoid foods and drinks with too much sugar.

You can also visit our office and we can recommend a mouthwash that you can use while traveling to ensure your oral hygiene is well taken care of.

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