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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 Gum Disease Always Painful or Can It Progress Painlessly?

Posted on 9/21/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Is Gum Disease Always Painful or Can It Progress Painlessly?Gum disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissues surrounding your teeth. This condition is the major cause of tooth loss among adults. When left untreated, this condition can worsen and lead to major tissue damage. It could also lead to bone or tooth loss. Gum disease ranges from mild forms such as gingivitis; this is the inflammation of gums caused by bacterial infection from tartar and plaque build-up to advanced levels of the disease that could result in tooth loss. The levels of pain in each stage of gum disease vary.

The Levels of Pain

In most cases, gum disease is often painless and without any symptoms. This makes it hard to know if you are suffering from it. The common symptoms of gum disease might not appear until the condition is in its advanced stage called periodontitis. In the stages of gum disease, the symptoms commonly don't include pain, but this doesn't rule it out. Even without pain, there are other conditions you should watch out for. Be keen on signs like red and swollen gums and visit our offices immediately you notice them. When gum disease advances, it will result in periodontitis, the most advanced form of the disease. At this stage, you will start experiencing pain and severe toothache. The situation may worsen when you eat hot or cold foods. This is because the tooth pulp will be exposed due to damaged gums and enamel.

It is also important to practice good oral health by brushing and flossing regularly. You should also use mouthwash on a regular basis. Furthermore, visit our offices regularly for check-ups that can help detect gum disease in its early stages. When gum disease is detected early, it can easily be treated. Contact our offices for more information on gum disease.
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