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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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Having Gums with the Right Shape Can Improve Your Oral Health



Posted on 4/25/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Having Gums with the Right Shape Can Improve Your Oral Health Were you aware that the shape of your gums made a difference in how healthy your mouth is? In fact, if you go through a procedure called gum reshaping, also known as gum recontouring, it can improve the overall health of your mouth. For some people, their gums are sometimes too large, and they may cover parts of their teeth they need exposed. By removing that excess tissue, it can give you a brighter, more confident smile, plus give you a healthier mouth, too!

What is Gum Reshaping?

Gum reshaping is a simple procedure where we literally reshape your gums. We use a variety of tools to give your gums a pleasing shape, and move excess gum tissue out of the way. The benefits can be seen immediately following the procedure, and you can expect a relatively short recovery time. By removing excess gum tissue from your teeth, you also get the benefit of smaller pockets of gums against your teeth where debris could get stuck and cause a cavity. So, your smile will not only look better, but your mouth will also be healthier for having the procedure done.

How Do You Keep Your Gum Tissue Clean During Recovery?

You need to make sure to prioritize keeping your mouth very clean during the recovery process. Eat foods that will not stick to the tissues, and make sure you rinse your mouth out regularly to keep debris away from the healing tissues. You should avoid anything acidic or spicy during this time, so as to avoid the damage that could happen to those newly exposed tissues. If you want to find out what else you can get out of gum reshaping, give us a call. This is a common procedure, and we can explain everything you would get out of it in no time.
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