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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.

Implant Supported/Hybrid Dentures


Elderly woman enjoying her new smileThere are many issues that can result in tooth loss. While one of the most common is gum disease, teeth can also be lost due to facial trauma or severe tooth decay. In some instances, the teeth come out on their own, in others, they need to be extracted. No matter what causes your tooth loss, many problems follow. Suddenly, tasks like eating and speaking become more difficult. You find your confidence plummeting because your smile is not what it used to be.

Your jawbone begins to weaken due to lack of stimulation, which causes the bone to change shape and alter your bite. Significant tooth loss, such as the loss of an entire arch, can also cause your facial features to begin collapsing, aging you several years. If you are missing a full arch of teeth, Periodontal Associates can help with implant anchored dentures.

Traditional Dentures


Dentures have been around for a long time. Over the years they have undergone numerous improvements designed to make them more natural and to feel less bulky. Much like older forms of dentures, modern dentures are a removable prosthesis that consists of false teeth set into a base that is supported by your gums.

Most modern dentures have acrylic resin teeth, a material that can be made to look just like natural teeth, and an acrylic base that is colored to look just like your natural gum tissue. While dentures have undergone numerous changes over the years, they still have many disadvantages. They require additional care every night, which can become tedious. They rely on your gums for support, which can cause discomfort. They can slip out of place in your mouth, causing embarrassment and sores.

Additionally, dentures do not stop bone loss in the jaw, an issue that causes your bone to weaken and change shape. Over time, your dentures will no longer fit properly and will need to be replaced.

Implant Anchored Dentures


Implant anchored dentures provide you with a unique alternative to traditional dentures. With this treatment your replacement teeth, ceramic crowns, rely on titanium posts for support rather than your gums. The titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. This turns the posts into secure, sturdy roots. This treatment is designed to be long-term and can even last a lifetime. There are a few different types of implant anchored dentures, including:
•  Fixed or screw retained. This is the most common type of implant anchored dentures. Treatment uses 6 to 8 titanium posts to support an entire arch of teeth.
•  Bar-retained. Bar-retained dentures also use 6 to 8 posts. With this treatment, however, a titanium bar is attached to each post, connecting them. Your new teeth clip into place on the bar.
•  All-on-4® treatment concept implants. All-on-4 implants are used when you are missing a full arch of teeth but do not have the bone mass necessary to support the posts for other full arch replacement options. This treatment uses four posts that are implanted in a way that enables them to maximize contact with existing bone mass.

Why Get Implant Anchored Dentures?


There are several benefits to implant anchored dentures:
•  The crowns look exactly like your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell that your teeth are ceramic.
•  Implants feel completely natural.
•  They are much more comfortable. Your teeth are supported by the posts instead of your gums.
•  They are held securely in place. They will not slip, move, or fall out.
•  The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of real teeth, stopping and preventing bone loss.

For more information on implant anchored dentures, and if they are the right solution for you, call Periodontal Associates today at (971) 317-8414.
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