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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 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 implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.

Bridges Can Help Fill in Missing Gaps to Help Improve Gum Health


Posted on 8/20/2019 by Periodontal Associates
Bridges Can Help Fill in Missing Gaps to Help Improve Gum HealthWhen you lose a tooth from gum disease, it does a lot more than simply leave a hole in your smile. Missing teeth can complicate everyday activities like chewing, speaking, and more. In addition, although many of our patients do not realize it, a missing tooth can impact the overall health of the entire mouth.

Missing Teeth Can Lead to Other Problems


When a tooth is in place, the frequent pressure from chewing acts to stimulate the gum tissue around the tooth. Just like using your muscles causes those muscles to bulk up and remain firm, using your teeth keeps your gum tissue healthy.

In contrast, when you lose a tooth, the gum tissue surrounding the area where the tooth was can eventually begin to deteriorate from lack of use. This means that you will notice a change in the overall structure of your gum tissue.

Using a Bridge to Promote Gum Health


Fortunately, you are not without options when it comes to keeping your gums healthy. Many of our patients ask us what they can do to keep their gum tissue from deteriorating. One option we offer is a bridge.

A dental bridge will span a hole in the smile, using a false tooth to fill in for the missing natural tooth. This does more than just act as an aesthetic improvement. The false tooth will look and operate just like a normal tooth, meaning that it will help keep the gum tissue healthy.

So if you are missing a tooth, come see us about getting a bridge. Using the latest in dental technology and procedure, we can fashion and install a bridge in a very short amount of time. Then, your gums will stay healthy, and your smile will be complete.

As always, we are here to help you. So if you have any questions, please contact us.
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