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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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Why We Want You To Call Us Right Away if You Have Sore Gums
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Periodontal Associates
Why We Want You To Call Us Right Away if You Have Sore GumsIt is important to contact our office if you experience sore gums as there a number of different possible causes. Some of these causes, like gingivitis, need to be resolved as soon as possible, otherwise symptoms will worsen and could lead to irreversible damage. You may also require specialist treatment or a prescription, which why it is important to contact our office and have us identify and resolve your oral complication.

Causes of Sore Gums


Sore gums can be caused by something very simple, such as brushing too hard during your daily brushing routine, or not maintaining your oral hygiene well enough. These are mild causes, and in these instances, we can teach you good techniques for maintaining your oral health, including how to floss. We may also recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush or toothpaste suitable for sensitive teeth if necessary. Our help will also prevent the possibility of future damage to your teeth and the likelihood of developing gum disease.

Sore gums can also be a symptom of gingivitis and periodontitis, two forms of gum disease. While gingivitis is the milder form, which can be treated in our dental office, periodontitis is incurable. This is why it is very important that you come to our office if experiencing sore gums so one of our dentists can examine your oral cavity. Gingivitis must be treated or it will develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis causes loose teeth, gum recession and bone loss. To treat gingivitis, our dentist will give you a professional cleaning and may prescribe some anti-biotic mouthwash, depending on the type of gingivitis. While you cannot be sure what is causing your sore gums, it is important to always come into our office if you are experiencing this symptom. If you have sore gums, contact our office to book an appointment.
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