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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.

General Anesthesia Sedation


Gloved hand holds breathing mask to sleeping patient's face at Periodontal Associates.Dental experts have used general anesthesia since the 1840s. While most dental procedures don’t need it, it allows patients with dental anxiety or other forms of anxiety to undergo invasive dental treatment without any problems.

Patients won’t experience any fear or anxiety when they’re unconscious. Because of this, we utilize general anesthesia not only for patients who need complicated dental work done, but also sometimes for children and adults who suffer from severe dental anxiety.

General Anesthesia in Dentistry


The type of general anesthesia used for dental work is usually not as invasive than its counterparts in the rest of the medical world. In comparison to other forms of surgery, oral surgery usually doesn’t need paralytic drugs, and we can administer it without the need of an intubation tube that aids breathing.

On the other hand, general anesthesia in dentistry resembles that which is used in other medical fields in that it renders the patient completely unconscious and unable to feel pain during the surgery.

Procedure for General Anesthesia


General anesthesia is not the name of the drug that is used for the procedure. General anesthesia refers to a combination of powerful drugs that make the patient enter a state of mind, similar to sleep. We administer these drugs in the form of injections or as an inhalant.

Please keep in mind that if you are to receive general anesthesia, you will experience the effects for several hours. For this reason, you must arrange for someone to pick you up from our office after the procedure is done. You should also arrange for aftercare in the hours following. If you cannot make appropriate accommodations, then we can arrange for you to have an extended stay at the office to make sure you recover from the drugs completely.

What You Should Know


Like all medications and procedures, general anesthesia has a risk involved. Even if the drugs used do not contain paralyzing agents, any form of anesthesia will carry the risk of restricting your pulmonary and cardiac function. Fortunately, the most recent methods of this treatment usually have a safe outcome in the overwhelming majority of cases.

Nevertheless, Dr. Eshraghi will go over the details of the procedure with you thoroughly and make every possible precaution during your consultation. During this consultation, we will go over your entire medical history and take note of any medications you are using, both over-the-counter and prescription. If you have any allergic reactions to medicine or any medical conditions, you must also disclose them at this time.

Even though the odds of getting serious side effects from general anesthesia are low, we want to ensure that you are adequately informed about this procedure. If the risk is unreasonably high, we will find an alternative. Because your safety is foremost.

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