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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.

Digital Impressions (Carestream CS3600)


Surgical suite at Periodontal Associates.If you have ever been to the dentist for a bridge or a set of dentures, then there is an excellent likelihood that you had to have a copy made of your teeth and the area around it. For a long time, the only option many patients had was to resort to bulky molds inserted into their mouth with unsavory alginate. Then, they were expected to wait with all of that tactile gunk against their gums for the chemicals to set before they could even consider having it taken out.

For those of us who have a very serious gag reflex or gums that are so tender, they do not deserve additional abuse, the thought of having another standard impression could be enough to discourage us from keeping up with scheduled routine dental checkups. Fortunately, Periodontal Associates has invested in an alternative imprinting method that works wonders for those of us with sensitive mouths.

The 3D Imaging Generation


Films and hardcopy are beginning to be quickly replaced in the mainstream by digital upgrades. From movies to music and even paperback books, if it can be made conveniently accessible online, then there is a good chance that it will be. With x-ray imaging, this new technology not only makes it easier for you to access your medical information through a USB or a private cloud network all at once, but it also makes it much less likely to lose vital information about your treatment plan. Files can be sent with the click of a button to your insurance provider, which eliminates waiting periods.

The best part of the increased availability of 3D imprints can be how non-complicated it is to use, especially compared to the usual processes that are involved. A preferred system implemented for digital impressions is the Carestream CS 3600. As a wand with a camera connected to a computer that is equipped with modern software, this device is gently inserted into the mouth when it comes time to take an imprint of your teeth. It is then thoroughly rotated to gather a full circle image of your teeth, gums, and the surrounding tissues.

With several specially designed tips that are used for imaging that can work with many oral requirements, the innovative design is capable of comfortably continuing a constant scan which takes only a couple of minutes to complete. The duration that is necessary for your evaluation is reduced significantly when using an intraoral camera, which means less time spent waiting for the next step to begin.

Benefits of Digital Imprints


There are two main types of technology currently in use for three-dimensional scanning. The first is digital photographs that can give the dentist multiple images to inspect, while the other primary focus tends to record detailed videos. Images can be ready for you to see almost immediately. With accurate information, it is possible to give your restoration the proper attention that it requires. A more secure fit due to a meticulous examination now can prevent extensive repair from unexpected issues sometime in the future. The less time spent that is spent developing the results, the sooner we can get started on your care.

Other advantages of impressions that may be reassuring for you to learn about are that it helps to reduce unnecessary anxiety due to the ease of the process, and also may aid in reducing the possibility of errors due to material inconsistencies in the imprint. For more information about this technique, please call Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414.
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