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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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How Gums Begin to Repair Daily When You Floss


Posted on 12/21/2020 by Periodontal Associates
How Gums Begin to Repair Daily When You FlossYou can repair any damages caused by lack of care when you begin to floss daily. The following information will give you further details on what to expect.

What Happens to Your Gums When You Regularly Floss?


The idea behind flossing is to reach the places between teeth that a toothbrush cannot. Therefore, when you floss regularly, you also remove the biofilm and plaque that can lead to decay between the teeth. When you make flossing a regular practice, you clean out the teeth of any debris that can lead to decay and gum disease. In turn, the gums begin to affix themselves around the teeth, giving them a more solid anchor. If you don't floss, the gums begin to pull away, which allows bacteria to enter the spaces, thereby increasing the risk for recession and infection. As a result, conscientiously flossing each day can make a real difference in your periodontal check-ups. Do not ever forget to floss, as flossing makes it possible for you to protect your smile and keep your gums pink and healthy.

What Should I Do If I Am Not Used to Flossing and Flossing Leads to Bleeding Gums?


Before you begin a regular regimen of flossing, have us look at your teeth and gums so we can give you a diagnosis. Some patients graduate in using regular floss by using a water flosser first. Naturally, brushing your teeth will lessen any sensitivity. However, to prevent gum irritation, at least initially, you may need to use a water flosser to clean along the gums. Water flossing has been proven to reduce bleeding and sensitivity, which ends up making it easier to us string floss. So, you may need to use a water flosser first to get into the flossing habit. You can supplement flossing water flossing, as well, after you get used to using regular floss.

We know how important it is to clean your teeth with a soft toothbrush and regular floss. Therefore, we can help you get into the habit of flossing if you do not do it regularly. Don't minimize flossing, as it strongly supplements regular tooth brushing for cleaning your teeth at home.

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