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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.

How a Senior Can Better Care for Their Oral Health


Posted on 9/30/2019 by Periodontal Associates
How a Senior Can Better Care for Their Oral HealthAs we age, we may encounter many changes to our bodies. Many of them we can regard as quirks and accept them with grace, but when it comes to changes in our mouths, it's important to remember that any new developments can be a sign of an underlying condition that may require prompt medical or dental intervention. Being alert to your oral health can help prevent lasting adverse side-effects as we get older.

Taking Care of Your Mouth as a Senior


Advanced age is associated with its own unique problems for oral health. Seniors should be mindful of any of these following complications that can arise:

•  Dry Mouth:Seniors may take certain medications that can cause dry mouth, or "xerostomia". Saliva acts as a protective lubricant for teeth, and when your mouth does not produce enough, your teeth are at increased risk for cavities. Sip water throughout the day, avoid caffeine, and suck on sugar-free hard candies to help minimize problems that can occur from dry mouth.
•  Denture Fitting Problems: Over 27% of seniors over the age of 65 have no remaining teeth, and poorly fitting dentures can cause sores and abrasions in the mouth. Be sure that your dentures are fitting properly to avoid infected gums. We can assist with any denture fit issues that you may have, so please call our office for a consultation on how to improve the fit of your dentures.
•  Gum Disease: Just because you may not have teeth does not mean you're not at risk for gum disease. Keep your mouth clean even when you do not have teeth, and you can help prevent your risk of a stroke, heart attacks, and diabetes (all of which are linked to periodontal disease). Soak your dentures nightly and rinse your mouth out with an antimicrobial mouthwash daily to help ward off periodontal disease.

Tooth loss and gum disease does not have to be another inevitable symptom of aging. By staying on top of regular dental exams, you can help prevent unwanted issues from arising due to your diet, lifestyle, or medication. If you're a senior and you have questions about how to take care of your oral health, please give our office a call to schedule a comprehensive dental exam.

Our skilled and professional dental staff can give your mouth a thorough assessment and help take care of your smile – no matter your age!
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