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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 Stress Affects the Health of Your Gums


Posted on 3/20/2020 by Periodontal Associates
How Stress Affects the Health of Your GumsChronic stress can be detrimental in a wide variety of ways, taking its toll on both your mental and your physical well being.

Oftentimes, we allow little stressors to build up until we reach a breaking point and our bodies have to tell us very firmly that it needs a rest – leading to a massive illness or infection that renders us bed-bound. Finding healthy outlets to manage your stress is not only good for your health, it can also save your smile.

Four Ways Stress Can Harm Your Oral Health


If you've been chasing a promotion at work, training for a high-intensity sporting event, or caring for a loved one who hasn't been well, then there's a good chance that you're dealing with quite a bit of stress in your life.

Even without you offloading your burdens onto us, a quick look into your mouth can reveal a lot to us about your current stress levels. These four clues are all major red flags that we have a stressed-out patient in the exam chair:

•  Canker Sores: These little painful ulcers in your mouth are a sure sign that you're stressed out. While researchers haven't quite pinpointed the relationship between canker sores and stress, they do know that they occur more frequently in people who have higher stress levels.
•  Broken or Chipped Teeth: Grinding your teeth, also known as "bruxism", is another clue that you're dealing with stress. Signs of bruxism include worn-down enamel on your teeth, chips, and flattening of the tips of your teeth.
•  Gum Disease: When you're stressed out, your immune system can become compromised, opening you up to a higher risk of illness and infection. The bacteria in your mouth are opportunistic, and once they can sense you're overwhelmed, they will attack your gums, leading to early-stage periodontal disease (gingivitis).
•  Poor Oral Health: It never seems to fail- once we become overwhelmed with stress, we tend to start neglecting our own health. Our diets become more about convenience, our exercise tends to fall to the wayside, and we start to neglect our teeth.

If you're stressed out, we can tell. Finding healthy ways to manage your stress, such as taking time for meditation or yoga, can be highly beneficial. It's important to take time for self-care when you're under duress, and don't set your diet, fitness, and oral health aside when the things in your life seem overwhelming.

While we can't make the stress go away, we can help you take care of your teeth and gums when you're stressed out. Don't let gum disease be another stressor in your life. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment and allow our skilled and compassionate dental staff care for you and your teeth.
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