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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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Is Dehydration Harmful to Your Oral Health?

Posted on 7/12/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Is Dehydration Harmful to Your Oral Health?In short, yes. It is harmful to your entire body, but it is particularly harmful to your oral health. There are some immediate signs that point to dehydration in your body, including dry mouth, dark urination, headaches, and increased dental discomfort. By keeping yourself hydrated, you can relieve all of these concerns and return to your life without these issues.

Dehydration and Your Mouth

Your mouth operates its self-cleaning routine by taking saliva and using it to both protect and clean your gums and teeth. When you begin to dehydrate, your saliva production dramatically decreases in response to your body believing it needs to save water. This means that your mouth becomes accessible to bacteria which it used to be protected from. This bacterium can build up in the form of plaque and tooth decay—leading to cavities and gum disease. Lack of saliva can also make your enamel less strong, contributing to these irritations.

Dehydration can come from a large number of sources, from sleep apnea to mouth breathing, working out, or just not drinking enough water (including in the winter). However, it takes under an hour to return to full hydration after beginning to feel the symptoms. Drinking water is the best way to hydrate, but you can also drink decaffeinated teas or decaffeinated coffee, although we would caution against drinking it as a substitute for water.

Contact Us if You Begin to Feel Discomfort

Continuous dehydration can result in oral discomfort and a necessary trip to see us. If you or a loved one is experiencing any sort of discomfort that you believe is related to a dehydration problem, you can give us a call to schedule an appointment, or you can contact us for more information about dehydration and what it does to your oral health.
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