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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 Disease Can Steal Your Quality of Life Over Time


Posted on 10/20/2019 by Periodontal Associates
Gum Disease Can Steal Your Quality of Life Over TimeSuffering from gum disease can be a serious matter. While it is extremely treatable if you catch it early enough (and if you are diligent about it), gum disease will increase in severity as it progresses, eventually leading to serious quality of life issues.

The Outcome of Gum Disease


You probably know that the early stages of gum disease can lead to issues such as bleeding and sore gums, bad breath, and other similar matters. If you do not seek out treatment, the condition will worsen, eventually leading to worse things.

Some of the outcomes of advanced gum disease include missing teeth, reduced bone tissue in the face (leading to a sunken appearance), and even infections in the lungs and other parts of the body. Because advanced gum disease can be so serious, it is important that you seek immediate treatment if you suspect you are beginning to develop it. Ignoring the problem in the hopes that it will go away will never help, and will only cause more trouble.

Fighting Back Has Never Been So Easy


The good news is that gum disease is easy to prevent, and easy to treat if you catch it early. If you have the beginning stages of gum disease, a prompt and diligent oral hygiene routine may be enough to stop it and even turn it back. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, and use floss at least once a day.

Even if your gum disease has progressed to the point that merely brushing and flossing won't fix it, you can still keep things from going too far. Get in touch with us right away so we can assist you with a comprehensive gum disease treatment plan. We'll help you understand all the options available to you, and help you select the one that is most appropriate to your unique situation.
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