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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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A Perioscopy Gives Us a Great View of Your Teeth
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Periodontal Associates
A Perioscopy Gives Us a Great View of Your TeethThis procedure is known to be one of the best technologies that can be used within our office. Not only because it helps us see even more of the condition of your mouth, but we are better able to diagnose and treat so many more patients. Periodontal disease is no longer causing us to be blind. The use of this technology has taught our professionals how to locate the issues, clean them up, and ensure that our patients have a cleaner, better feeling mouth overall.

The Benefits of Using Perioscopy


If you were already diagnosed with periodontal disease, then this procedure may be used to see the extent of the damage and disease that is in your mouth. The scope works to see below the gums and teeth to the roots. The damage throughout this area is then seen on the screen that it touches. This anatomy is not usually able to be seen by our professionals.

This procedure is minimally invasive, it doesn't require a lot of time or work to perform, and it provides much more insight on the issues that our patients are experiencing. Everyone should get the best possible treatment plan and we use the best technology to make sure that everyone gets it.

This procedure is recommended for anyone that is dealing with periodontal disease, and it is safe for so many to have done, making it an efficient and effective tool to use in our office.

If you are dealing with periodontal disease, or if you have issues with any part of your mouth, then it is important to speak with our office. This is because we can schedule you a time to come in and see our professionals, have the perioscopy procedure done, and come up with the best treatment plan that works with your smile and your overall oral health.
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