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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.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening for the Gummy Smile


A smiling of a woman after her gum lift surgery at Periodontal Associates For many of us, taking optimal care of our oral hygiene can be as natural as breathing. We are often very proud of how bright, even, and healthy, our smile can be, as it is a testament to how well we take care of our dental needs. Unfortunately, it is often out of our control just how gummy our grin can be, and this excess gum tissue may be enough to make the most lovely of smiles self-consciously fade out of sight. Periodontal Associates wants to see you happy and can tell you several ways possible to fix problem areas that can help you to beam with confidence!

What Defines A Gummy Smile?


Many people feel uncomfortable with having too much gum showing because they feel like it makes them look younger than they are. It will probably make you feel better to know that in general, the causes are predominantly genetic. The problem most likely is caused when your teeth, tissues, and jaw are not in line with one another. Another possible cause could be from the wear that comes from grinding your teeth. There are ways to repair your gums, though, and many of them can become quite permanent.

Rebuilding Your Self-Esteem


One of the best ways of regenerating your smile is through the process known as crown lengthening. While under anesthesia, incisions are made along the gumline to pull the excess of gum away that is covering the tooth and then simply remove it. For some, it can be as simple and as easy as this, with the procedure taking around an hour and a half. For others who may have just too much tissue or even some of the jaw getting in the way, a little bit of bone could need to be extracted as well.

For the standard process, stitches can be taken out as early as a week after surgery. It may take at least six months for your mouth to heal well enough for other restorative operations to be considered. It is considered an extremely effective means of treating a gummy smile, especially when combined with a lip repositioning surgery. With this, a bit of tissue from the underside of your upper lip may be given a small slice and then pulled down just a little bit. Once it has been secured with a few simple stitches, after the recovery time, the lip will naturally cover more of the gum through limited movement.

Benefits of having a crown lengthening, besides how much you will probably love the results, including being able to maintain your daily oral routine much easier without the abundance of excess gum tissue getting in the way of your care. Why wait for the opportunity to change the quality of your life with such a simple and effective procedure that can be available now? If you would like more information about how we can help you regain your confidence, please give us here at Periodontal Associates a call at (971) 317-8414 without delay!
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