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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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Ways of Preventing More Gum Recession



Posted on 4/15/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Ways of Preventing More Gum Recession Gum recession can be caused by many factors, including lifestyle choices, oral health, and aging. Depending on the cause of your gum recession, there are some ways to retain gum tissue and prevent further recession from occurring.

Factors That Contribute to Gum Recession

To first understand how to prevent further gum recession, it is important to understand some of the factors that are related to gum recession. It is common to see gum recession in people who have poor oral hygiene. If this is the case, the first steps to take to prevent further gum recession is to practice better hygiene. This means flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day and also visiting our office for regular cleanings every six months. With proper oral care, it is possible to slow gum recession. However, gum tissue cannot grow back so what damage has been done is permanent. Alongside other health complications, another common factor that contributes to gum recession is tobacco use. Even with good oral hygiene, tobacco use can cause the gum line to recede. It is recommended to quit as soon as possible if this is the main factor contributing to gum recession. Long-term tobacco use can also lead to periodontal disease, and gum recession indicates early signs of this disease. Finally, gum recession can be a natural biological factor. As we age, it is common for the gums to recede, and unfortunately, this process cannot be stopped. However, just because it is a natural process for many aging people, it doesn't mean that it should be ignored. Gum recession can cause oral health complications if left unattended.

Let Us Help

We can offer solutions to this kind of gum recession, and we recommend stopping by for a visit so that we can assist you. We will be able to give you a consultation and some options on how to restore your gum line. Give us a call, and we'll be happy to help.
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