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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.

Gum Health in Seniors - What You Need to Know


Posted on 9/20/2019 by Periodontal Associates
Gum Health in Seniors – What You Need to KnowBy the time you hit your teenage years, you have probably lost all your baby teeth and your adult set of teeth are in place. These adult teeth have to last for the rest of your life. According to the statistics, most people will likely lose at least one tooth by the time they are thirty. The simple fact is that as you get older, your oral health deteriorates. It is important for seniors to know how to take care of the gum health and what they need to watch out for.

The Dangers of Getting Older


Even if you follow a good oral hygiene routine, you may still run into problems with your teeth and gums as you get older. One of the causes of gum disease is receding gums. Unfortunately, one of the things that happens as you get older is that your gums will recede. That means the risk for gum disease increase as you get older.

Other things can happen as you get older that can also affect your gum health. If you have lost any teeth either through an injury or for some other reason, it will impact your other teeth and your gums. The lost teeth can reshape the rest of the teeth and gums, which can lead to problems with your bite and with the way your teeth work.

What to Do
You cannot prevent yourself from getting older, but you can do things to help your gum health as you age. Some of the basics learned as a child are still the most important parts of good oral health. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits are something that will help you keep your gums and teeth healthy. In addition, there are products designed for seniors that can improve the daily habits you already follow.

The best thing a senior can do to improve their gum health is to learn the signs of gum disease and other potential problems. The earlier you recognize an issue with the gums and teeth, the easier it is to treat. No matter how young or old you are, contact our offices to schedule an appointment to learn how to improve your oral health.
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