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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 to Expect if Getting Scaling and Planing

Posted on 9/7/2020 by Periodontal Associates
What to Expect if Getting Scaling and PlaningKeeping your teeth and gums free of plaque is important for your oral health. Regular teeth cleanings dislodge stuck on plaque from your teeth and gums. Even with brushing and flossing, plaque can build up, which makes it necessary to have a tooth cleaning every six months. If you go longer than six months without a regular cleaning, plaque will begin to build inside your mouth. Over time, this plaque hardens and can infect and cause harm to your teeth and gums.

If it's been awhile since you've got a teeth cleaning, a more thorough cleaning may be necessary. A step up from a normal teeth cleaning is scaling and planing. We use scaling and planing when plaque inside your mouth has built up for a very long time. This time of cleaning helps get rid of really stuck on plaque and reduce the risk of gum disease.

How Does Scaling and Planing Work?

Scaling and root planing is similar to your typical teeth cleaning. However, there are some key differences. As plaque sits on the teeth, it becomes harder until it forms a substance known as calculus. Calculus can't be removed with a normal teeth cleaning, and it poses the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. To remove calculus from the teeth, we use specialized tools designed to remove calculus. Because scaling and planing can aggravate your gums, they will need time to heal. After two weeks, you'll need a final cleaning to make sure your teeth and gums are squeaky clean.

Taking care of your teeth is important to keep your oral health in tip-top shape. If you haven't had your teeth cleaned in a while, please contact our office. We would be more than happy to get your teeth clean or check to see if you need scaling and planing.
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