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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.

Difference Between Partial Dentures & Full Dentures


Dentures are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth. The dental prosthetics features a set of artificial teeth, which are inserted on a base that is similar to the gum tissue found in your mouth. When worn, dentures help to restore your lost oral functionality, while at the same time, helping to improve your appearance. At Periodontal Associates, we offer two types of dentures - partial dentures & full dentures.

What are Partial Dentures?


Partial dentures are denture prosthetics that are used to replace your missing teeth when you still have some natural ones left in your mouth. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The dentures feature prosthetic dental crowns, which are can be custom created to appear just like your remaining natural teeth. These prosthetics are then held in a denture base made out of acrylic material, which has a flesh-like appearance. The overall design of the partial dentures, however, relies on your specific dental needs.

Partial dentures can be removable or fixed. Removable partial dentures can be removed for purposes of cleaning, or to ease the pressure on the gums (for example, when sleeping). However, to ensure that they stay in place - such as when eating - they come with metal clasps that attach to the adjacent teeth, thus providing the needed support. Fixed dentures, on the other hand, are permanently fixed in place using screws, mechanical attachments, or dental implants - a good example, the implant supported dentures.

Benefits of partial dentures


•  Partial dentures are a great tooth replacement solution, whether you have one or more missing teeth.
•  Partial dentures are less invasive and more affordable when you have multiple missing teeth (when compared to multiple tooth dental implants).
•  Partial dentures providing support to the adjacent natural teeth, thus preventing them from shifting. This can help to prevent several orthodontic problems.
•  In the case of implant-supported partial dentures, they can help to stimulate bone growth, thus preventing atrophy.

What are Full Dentures?


Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are denture prosthetics that are used when all teeth are missing on the upper, lower, or both jawbones. The dentures feature a plastic or acrylic base that holds a full set of teeth. Both the teeth and the base are made to resemble your natural dental features. They can also be custom-made – designed and manufactured based on your natural teeth and jaw structure.

Full dentures, just like with partial dentures can either be removable or fixed. Removable dentures are held down on your gums using adhesives, thus allowing you to enjoy oral functions such as chewing, talking, laughing, etc. You can then remove them during the night or to clean them, and then reapply the adhesive when you need to wear them again.

Fixed dentures, on the other hand, are permanently cemented into the jawbone, usually using implants - implants supported dentures. The implants help to make the dentures more stable, thus restoring full oral functionality. It also makes them comfortable, convenient, and painless to wear.

Benefits of full dentures


•  They are an easy, fast, and affordable way of replacing your missing teeth.
•  They help to restore oral functionality, allowing you to enjoy things such as chewing food, talking, and laughing.
•  They restore your facial structure, thus improving your appearance and smile.
•  In the case of implant supported dentures, they help to prevent jawbone atrophy.

Whatever your specific dental needs are Periodontal Associates can help to meet them using a wide range of dental solutions. Call us today at (971) 317-8414 for any questions you might have about partial dentures & full dentures.
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