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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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How Can Gum Disease Get Reversed?


Posted on 2/20/2020 by Periodontal Associates
How Can Gum Disease Get Reversed?Gum disease occurs when bacteria infect your gums. The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is widely known, but some people don't realize just how prevalent it is. Some people ignore obvious signs such as a little bleeding when they brush their teeth.

However, that's one of the earliest signs of gingivitis, and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If you don't, you may find yourself battling gum disease. Fortunately, even this more severe condition can be dealt with if you have us on your side. Here are a few things you can do to reverse gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease


First, rather than trying to battle gum disease and get it reversed, you should try to avoid it in the first place. That means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You also need to use mouthwash and drink a good amount of water every day in order to wash away bacteria and other debris.

If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, upping your oral health regime can help reverse it. You want to make certain you're using the right type of toothbrush, though. A hard toothbrush is going to irritate the gums, making them bleed even more than usual. This opens up numerous places for bacteria to get into the gums and infect them. Be sure you're only using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Deal with Underlying Issues


Some health conditions such as diabetes can affect your body's ability to fight off infections. If you have one of these health conditions, you first need to tell us about it so we know. Second, you need to see the appropriate medical professional to get this condition under control. When you have better controlled diabetes, for example, your body is able to better fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease.

Have Regular Cleanings


Regular cleanings help remove bacteria, plaque, and debris from your mouth. They're an essential because even the most diligent people may not be able to get all of the bacteria out of their mouth. You need to come see us every six months so we can see if you are dealing with gum disease and help you reverse it.
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