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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 Does Your Risk of Stroke Go Up When You Neglect Treating Gum Disease?
Posted on 6/8/2020 by Periodontal Associates
How Does Your Risk of Stroke Go Up When You Neglect Treating Gum Disease?Were you aware that if you did not treat gum disease, it could lead to an increased risk of having a stroke? It's true – the more you ignore your oral health, the worse your overall health can decline. A stroke is when there is a blockage, typically a clot, that gets stuck somewhere in the vessels within your brain. The area beyond the blockage is deprived of oxygenated blood, and that can lead to some very devastating side-effects. If you want to avoid this type of problem, one thing you can do is ensure you have optimal oral health.

Gum Disease and Your Risk of Stroke


Gum disease is often overlooked in the grand scheme of your health. It is minor, and in the beginning, nearly impossible to detect unless done by a dental professional. As it goes on untreated, the effects and symptoms get worse, making it easier to diagnose. However, as it becomes easier to diagnose, it also brings with it a higher risk of health issues, including stroke. This is because the plaque that your mouth currently holds, can move. The plaque can build up in your blood, moving around your body. One place it could land and build up is in your brain, which would then lead to a stroke.

The best way to avoid having a higher risk of stroke is to make sure you get a thorough dental cleaning every six months like clockwork, on top of keeping up with your oral hygiene daily. If you or your dental professional notice any signs of gum disease, then call us right away. We can then treat the gum disease and keep your risk of stroke as low as it would be without gum disease. The longer the problem goes untreated, the higher your risk goes, so call us now!
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