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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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Why Is Saliva Important For Oral Health?

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A Close up of woman smilingHuman saliva is 98 percent water and contains mucus, electrolytes, antibacterial compounds, proteins, minerals, and enzymes. Three pairs of major salivary glands and numerous minor glands in the oral cavity produce saliva. Saliva enters the mouth through tiny tubes (salivary ducts). On average, a person produces 2 to 4 pints of saliva per day.

The Benefits of Saliva

Balances Mouth pH

Saliva is a powerful alkaline that plays a crucial role in balancing the pH of the mouth. This not only helps to minimize the damage caused by oral acids but also protects teeth from decay caused by bacterial acid.

Has Antimicrobial Capabilities

Certain bacteria in the mouth tend to grow better when they feed on simple sugars. Your saliva works to dilute these sugars, reducing their accessibility to oral microbes. Also, the antimicrobial properties of saliva inhibit bad mouth bacteria growth by breaking down their cell walls.

Remineralizes Tooth Enamel

When we consume acidic foods or drinks, it can cause the minerals like calcium and phosphorus present in our tooth enamel to dissolve. This can eventually lead to tooth decay if not taken care of. Luckily, our body produces saliva containing minerals, such as calcium and phosphate, that can help reattach the minerals back to the teeth in a process called remineralization.

Lubricates the Soft Tissues

The soft tissues inside the mouth need to be lubricated by saliva to feel comfortable. When the mouth is healthy, it produces saliva consistently.

What Happens When You Do Not Have Enough Saliva?

Dry mouth is a condition that occurs when there is not enough saliva in the mouth. It can lead to bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Various factors, including medical conditions, medications, and lifestyle choices, cause dry mouth. If you are experiencing dry mouth, speak to your doctor or dentist.

Increasing Saliva For Improved Oral Health

To boost saliva flow, drink more water, reduce sugar and alcohol intake, and check medication for side effects. You can also use artificial saliva sprays or rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Taking care of your saliva can help you avoid many oral health issues. Schedule an appointment with our dentist today for a consultation.

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