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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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FAQ's about Periodontitis: Answers to Your Questions

Posted on 9/5/2022 by Periodontal Associates
FAQ's about Periodontitis: Answers to Your QuestionsIf you are one of the millions of people suffering from periodontitis, you may have many questions about the disease. What is the disease, and how is it treated? This blog post will answer some of the most common questions about periodontitis. We will also provide links to more in-depth information on each topic. So if you want to learn more about this condition, keep reading!

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a gum issue that causes inflammation and destruction of the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Periodontitis typically occurs when plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and gums, resulting in an infection. When not treated on time, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.

How Common Is It?

It occurs when the gums surrounding your teeth become inflamed. The inflammation responds to the toxins bacteria produce in plaque, the sticky film of food and bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. It is commonly seen in adults who are older than 30 years, but it can affect people of any age.

What Are the Symptoms?

Some periodontitis symptoms are gum bleeding, red and swollen gums, bad breath, and gum recession. However, you may have periodontitis and not experience any symptoms. Regular dental visits are essential, so your dentist can check for early signs of the disease. They may use a unique mirror to look for gum recession and measure the depth of any pockets around your teeth. Your dentist will use X-rays to check bone loss. If you have periodontitis, your teeth may look longer than they used to because the gums have shrunk away.

What Are the Treatment Options?

The treatment for periodontitis will depend on the severity of your condition. If you have mild periodontitis, professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove the tartar and plaque from your teeth. You may use antibiotics to fight the infection.

Our experienced dentists will be happy to answer any questions you may have about periodontitis. We offer different dental services to meet your needs, and we're always here to help.
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