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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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What is the Difference Between Periodontitis and Gingivitis?


Posted on 12/10/2021 by Periodontal Associates
What is the Difference Between Periodontitis and Gingivitis?Periodontitis and gingivitis are both types of periodontal disease. As much they are similar in almost every aspect, there is a key difference between them— gingivitis is reversible while periodontitis is not. The reason behind it is that periodontitis involves bone loss, which can't be recovered.

What is Gingivitis


Gingivitis refers to a condition where gums become inflamed. This condition is caused by the presence of plaque on your teeth. You could have gingivitis but not be aware of it. This is because the symptoms at this stage are not painful. Some of the symptoms of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily when you floss or brush, bright red gums, and swollen gums. You could maintain good oral hygiene standards but still develop some level of gingivitis. While the signs might be hard to tell, the best indicator when you notice bleeding gums after brushing or flossing. Generally, healthy gums don't bleed. Therefore, if you notice bleeding when brushing or flossing, you should come in for checks. We will examine your gums and determine whether you have gingivitis. Keep in mind that this condition can be treated if caught early.

What is Periodontitis?


As gingivitis advances, it turns into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe form of periodontal disease that could result in tooth loss. As gums recede and inflame, they start pulling away from the teeth. This creates packets where bacteria starts to build up. You start noticing that you have periodontitis when you drink hot or cold beverages — a sharp sensitivity is felt. You will also feel pain when chewing and develop sores on the inside of your mouth. Other severe symptoms like weakened tooth also start to show. If nothing is done, you will lose your tooth. Contact us for more information on periodontitis and gingivitis.
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