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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 Easing Gum Pain While Adjusting to New Dentures
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Ways of Easing Gum Pain While Adjusting to New DenturesFitting new dentures is typically a painless procedure. However, it is important to note that adjusting to these implants might take up to four weeks. During the transitional period, you are bound to feel some irritation or a little bit of pain as the dentures settle into your gums. Knowing how to deal with the pain or discomfort can go a long way to help you adjust to your new dental appliances. Here are some tips on how to ease gum pain caused by new dentures.

Apply a Topical Gel to Your Gums


Over-the-counter medicated oral gels provide quick relief from pain caused by wearing new dentures. These gels consist of potent, but safe compounds, which provide instant relief from gum pain and irritation.

Use a Dental Adhesive


When eating, food particles may find their way underneath your new dentures, subsequently irritating the gums and causing discomfort. If this is the case, then you should use a dental adhesive recommended by a dentist to seal and add a protective layer to your dentures. The dental adhesive will also help your dentures stay in place, thus preventing gum soreness in the future.

Over-the-counter Pain Relief Medication


If the pain is too much to bear, taking over-the-counter painkillers can go a long way to provide relief. Medication such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen can provide instant relief. Moreover, you may use these medications along with topical treatments to deal with stubborn pain.

Book an appointment with Us


If the pain or discomfort persists, then it is likely that the dentures are not the right fit. Make a point of visiting our dental offices for further consultation and screening. We will be more than glad to check your dentures and recommend the way forward. If we find any sign of an issue, we will also help figure out an ideal treatment plan.


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