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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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What Happens When the Gums Recede?
Posted on 6/22/2020 by Periodontal Associates
What Happens When the Gums Recede?Gum recession is something that needs to be taken very seriously. It's the process in which the gum tissue surrounding the teeth begins to wear away and exposes more of the tooth and root. If left untreated, not only can the remaining tissue become damaged, the bone can also become damaged and can even lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, it's treatable, both at home and in advanced cases, in our office with surgery.

Causes of Gum Recession


Receding gums can be caused by a number of different things. The symptoms include tooth sensitivity, pain and infection, but with deep cleanings, medication and in severe situations, tissue grafts, the gums can be treated and the process can even be reversed. Although receding gums is a common condition, many people do not even realize that their gums are receding until there is significant damage due to the fact that it's a gradual process.
But why do they recede in the first place? Periodontal disease, or an infection of the gum tissue, is a common cause; genetics can also play a role in this. Some people are simply more predisposed to develop gum disease. Poor oral care can also lead to receding gums.

When Gums Recede


When the gum line is receding, not only is it painful, it's harmful to your overall oral health. Little pockets and gaps begin to form between the teeth and the gum line and these little hiding spots are where plaque, tartar and bacteria love to hide and thrive. If left untreated, you can sustain significant damage to your tissue, bone and even lose your teeth.
Regular cleanings with our professional staff are a sure way to treat gum recession. Not only can we help you prevent further damage, we can often repair the gum and therefore restore your healthy smile. Give us a call today if you think you may have receding gums and we'll assess your situation at your checkup.
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