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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 Dental 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 Dental Implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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Benefits That Come From Crown Lengthening


Posted on 1/30/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Benefits That Come From Crown LengtheningThe crown of the tooth is the upper portion of the tooth and can be deteriorated through physical means causing it to become cracked or misshapen.

Crown lengthening can help a variety of ailments or be used a supplementary procedure to previous procedure, including Dental Implants, root canals, and even bridges. Crowns must be attached during a surgical procedure which is simple in most cases.

The benefits of a crown lengthening procedure depend on exactly why you are getting one. For some, crown lengthening can even the bite of the mouth when eating, creating a softer impact of the teeth. This is especially beneficial for the longevity of the teeth as a misshapen or uneven bite can cause harmful effects to the gums and early wear of the teeth. Crown lengthening is also beneficial can also make your smile more even.

The Process of Crown Lengthening


Crown lengthening procedures are implemented when a tooth has suffered from tooth decay from poor dental hygiene habits or genetics. During a crown lengthening procedure, it may be necessary to cut part of the gums or shave the bone around the affected tooth down so that more of the tooth is showing above the gum. Once the tooth has a workable surface to apply the crown to, the bone will be fitted with a synthetic crown which replicates the original tooth.

Before the crown lengthening, we will x-ray your teeth to view the state of your teeth as well as beginning to out a crown that will be comfortable to wear. During this time, you should discuss your previous medical history and possibly any medications you're currently taking as they may interfere with the procedure.

It may be possible that we fit you with a temporary crown, so that a permanent crown will last longer and fit better. If this is the case, you will need to undergo two procedures—one to install the temporary crown and one to install the permanent.

Before getting a crown, we ask that you consult with us to see if it is the right procedure for you. Feel free to contact us at our office number to schedule an appointment.
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