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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 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 implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.

NobelPearl Implants


A ceramic implant on black wooden background at Periodontal Associates. Lost teeth can cause many dental problems. When your teeth are in place normally, their roots will stimulate the jaw bone and keep it healthy. However, when a tooth is lost, the underlying bone is no longer stimulated and starts to deteriorate.

Missing teeth also create gaps where colonies of bacteria can fester. These bacteria form plaque, which in turn leads to tartar. Each one is harder than the last to remove, and we will need to schedule a comprehensive dental cleaning if it gets to that stage. Oral health problems can also lead to problems in overall health as well.

The Need for Dental Implants


To prevent these problems, we install dental implants. They consist of crowns that look and act like regular teeth, connected to a titanium post that bonds with and stimulates the underlying jaw bone just like a normal tooth root would.

But Periodontal Associates offers NobelPearl ceramic implants, which are a cut above the rest. Read on to find out why.

What are NobelPearl Ceramic Implants?


Most people think of gold and metal fillings when they consider implants, and while those options enjoyed their era of popularity, dental patients today increasingly want natural-looking prosthetic teeth. Metal and gold implants are on their way out and dental experts, reading the signs of the times, have developed a However, metal-free implant known as the NobelPearl ceramic implant.

NobelPearl has a two-piece cement-free connection, which gives it greater flexibility than one-piece or cemented implants. Because this type of implant doesn't use cement, there is no risk of excess cement (which can cause the soft tissue to become inflamed) during the procedure attaching the implant to the jaw bone.

NobelPearl Attaches Easily to Bone and Tissue


This two-piece implant doesn't use any cement in its internal connection, which boasts a natural soft-tissue look. Designed as an alternative to titanium-based implants, the NobelPearl implant can attach easily to soft tissue and has a much lower risk of inflammation. It is made of zirconia, which functions similar to the substances found in natural teeth. These implants are also shown to have a low affinity to plaque.

The screw that holds the implant in place is made to withstand chewing forces thanks to its carbon fiber structure. Remember how implants are supposed to bond with the underlying jaw bone to keep it stimulated? This occurs in a process called osseointegration, in which the material in the post that is embedded into the jaw bone bonds with the jaw bone itself because the materials in both are biocompatible.

Experience the Difference


This all goes to show how NobelPearl stands apart from other dental implant options thanks to its high natural look and durability. NobelPearl is the result of several years of specialized dental implant research, and it brings an excellent metal-free option to Periodontal Associates's selection of products. If you have missing teeth, then you need to come in and see what makes the dental industry's only metal-free implant option so amazing.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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