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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.

Can I Get Dental Implants if My Gums Are Receding?


Posted on 8/30/2019 by Periodontal Associates
Can I Get Dental Implants if My Gums Are Receding?Dental implants are a fantastic option for people considering their options on tooth replacement. They last longer than bridges or dentures, they seem more like “real” teeth, and are typically highly successful for most patients. However, for certain patients who have receding gums, dental implants may not be the ideal choice for them.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?


Not everyone can get dental implants; certain patients simply would not be able to tolerate them for a variety of factors, including diabetes, smoking, and – in some cases – severe gum disease.

One major contraindication for patients considering dental implants is bone mass. Occasionally, patients may not have adequate amounts of bone mass in the jaw. A bone graft or sinus lift (both of which help add bone to your jaw) may help restore mass sufficiently enough to allow you to proceed with dental implants.

What about patients with receding gums? Having receding gums, fortunately, does not automatically disqualify you from being able to have dental implants. We have several different treatments in place for this that can allow you to consider dental implants in the future if you're struggling with receding gums.

For instance, if you have moderate gum disease, we may advise a scaling and planing before we can move forward with your implants. More severe periodontal disease may require gum graft surgery.

Another important consideration is the state of your oral health. Having an active infection can impair your ability to heal from implant surgery. Whether you need gum surgery, or you simply need to treat your underlying infection, you would need to completely heal before we could consider moving forward with placing your dental implants.

It's extremely vital to ensure that your oral health is in peak condition. While dental implants are generally successful, failure is possible if your gums are actively infected or receded.

If you're wondering if you'd be a good candidate for dental implants, please call our office. Our skilled and professional dental staff would be happy to explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today to schedule an exam and allow us to help you determine if you can move forward with dental implant surgery or if another procedure may be a better fit for you.
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