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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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Signs You Now Have Aggressive Periodontitis
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Signs You Now Have Aggressive PeriodontitisPeriodontitis is an extreme case of gum disease also known as periodontal disease. This is a serious condition impacting the patient's oral health. The stages of periodontal disease are gingivitis, slight periodontal disease, moderate periodontal disease, and finally, advanced periodontal disease. Patients should know once the disease has progressed beyond the gingivitis stage, it is incurable and they will be required to do what is called periodontal maintenance. These are thorough cleanings, far more involved than normal cleanings, and occur every three to four months. This needs to be performed for the rest of the patient's life which is an incredible commitment.

Gum disease is an infection which damages and destroys not only the supportive structure for your teeth, but also the underlying bone structure of the jawbone. This is problematic because in some cases if the bone is too far gone it is not strong enough to support dental implants which greatly diminishes the number of possible treatment options.


Causes of Aggressive Periodontitis


This serious disease can destroy gums, jawbones, soft tissue and even teeth. According to the American Dental Association, it is the single leading cause of tooth loss. When plaque reaches beneath the gums, tissue and bone begin to breakdown. There are different types of periodontitis. The first is chronic periodontitis and is the most common. This includes pocket formation and gum recession and tends to strike adults. Aggressive periodontitis causes incredibly rapid loss of bone and gums. Necrotizing periodontal disease is when gum tissue, alveolar bones and periodontal ligaments begin to die. This occurs in patients with poor nutrition or conditions like HIV.

Symptoms of periodontitis include the swelling of gums, tender areas on the gumline, overly red gums, bleeding gums, and spaces developing between teeth. Chronic bad breath and discharge around the base of the tooth are indicators too.

Aggressive periodontitis is very serious and should be addressed immediately. If you think you have this condition contact us.
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