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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 Grafts Are Common Dental Procedures


Posted on 11/30/2019 by Periodontal Associates
Gum Grafts Are Common Dental ProceduresIf your gums have receded too much, there may be only one solution: gum grafts. Generally, receding gums are caused by gum disease and other conditions that damage your gums, teeth, and jaw.

If caught early, these conditions can usually be reversed without too many problems, but if you don't deal with them quickly enough, it may require surgery.

Gum grafting is a very common dental procedure that is often done for those with periodontal disease that has advanced to the point that changing dental habits isn't enough.

What Is Gum Grafting?


Gum grafts require removing some tissue from one part of the mouth and grafting it onto the injured gums. There are three different types of gum grafts. The most common procedure, connective-tissue gum grafts, removes a small bit of tissue from the roof of the mouth and attaches it to the gums so that it covers the exposed roots of teeth.

Another option is free gingival gum grafts. Here, the tissue is removed from your palate rather than the top of your mouth. The third option, pedicle grafts, uses healthy tissue next to the tooth or damaged area.

Which Is Best for You?


The type of gum graft you need depends on how extensive the damaged area is and the overall health of your mouth. We will do a very detailed examination of your mouth before suggesting a type of gum graft. We want to make certain the graft is successful and doesn't create any potential issues.

Why Do You Need a Gum Graft?


You can benefit from having a gum graft in a number of different ways. First, it will stop bone loss and gum recession. Second, it protects the roots of your teeth. These roots may have been exposed as your gums receded, making them more at-risk for cavities and decay. Finally, gum grafts will make your gumline look more even, giving your mouth a cleaner, healthier appearance.

Want to know more about gum grafts? Give us a call today.
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