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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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3 FAQs About Periodontal Disease

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Periodontal Associates
[[[pic:History-of-Gum-Disease-or-Failing-Teeth-You-need-a-Periodontal-Prosthodontist.png|40%||right|TPimgRight|a close up of a mouth with inflamed gums]]Any good dentist will make efforts to see that you stay free of periodontal or gum disease. Even so, many people end up developing this oral disease. An estimated 42.7 percent of the adult population aged 30 and above suffers from periodontal disease in the USA, as the CDC says.

Also, periodontal disease infection increases with age, with 70.1 percent of adult Americans aged 65 years and above having the disease. There are many questions patients ask about periodontal disease, but here are the common ones:

What is Periodontal Disease?

You probably have seen the wall posters mounted in the dentist's office talking about periodontal disease, but you aren't sure that it is. Well, periodontal disease is a gum tissue infection contributed to by mouth bacteria. It occurs when bacteria attach to teeth, accumulating over time to cause inflammation. If not treated, the infection can cost you your teeth and bring other health concerns.

How do I Know I Have Periodontal Disease?

You will notice the gums turning red, becoming swollen and tender, and bleeding easily while doing your daily brushing and flossing. There may be gum pockets or abscesses or pus around the teeth. Bad breath is also experienced by the patients. Moreover, drainage from the gum pockets may have a foul taste.

Over time, the gums recede, leaving more of your teeth and the roots exposed. Severe cases can damage the tooth or periodontal ligaments, making the teeth loosen and fall out. Visit a dentist ASAP if you suspect gum disease.

Can Periodontal Disease Contribute to Other Diseases?

Your oral health is tied to your general health. People with gum disease have higher odds of developing other diseases and conditions like diabetes, heart infection, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.

Talk to our periodontists to discover more about periodontal disease and how to avoid and stop it. Come visit us if you have the disease so that we treat you before it progresses.

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