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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.

Dental Implant Placement Procedure


What You Need to Know


When your permanent tooth/teeth are badly damaged, lost, or extracted for whatever reason, they cannot grow back. The space left by the missing teeth can be damaging in many ways, from reduced oral functionality to a crooked facial appearance, and possible major dental problems. However, it is possible to avoid all of these problems (or fix them) by replacing your missing teeth. At Periodontal Associates, we offer dental implants, a tooth replacement solution that restores full oral functionality and appearance. If you are considering replacing your missing teeth, read on to find out all you need to know about dental implant placement.

Dental Implant Options


Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth, whether you have lost a single tooth, several teeth, or all of them. The procedure involves the use of implants (metal posts) that support either a prosthetic crown or a set of crowns on a dental bridge. Depending on your situation and preference, there are several dental implant options you can choose from. These include:
•  Single tooth implant. This involves the use of a single implant to replace one missing tooth. The implant metal frame is inserted into the jawbone, and then a dental crown is fitted to the implant to complete the process.
•  Multiple tooth implant. Just like a single tooth implant, only involving several missing teeth. Therefore, several implants are inserted into the jawbone, and each of them connected to a dental crown.
•  All-on-4® dental implant. This is an ideal solution for several, or all missing teeth on either one or both of the jawbones. It involves the use of 4 dental implants on a jawbone, which is strategically located on the arch of the jaw - two at the front, at two one each at the corners. The implants are then connected to a dental bridge.
•  Implant supported dentures. Also used for several, or all, missing teeth on each or both of the jawbones. It is similar to the All-on-4 implants, with the only difference being that it does not limit the number of dental implants to be used or their location. Therefore, more than four implants on a jawbone can be used.

Preparation for the Implant Placement


Before the dental implants can be placed, one or more consultations might be needed. These consultations allow the monitoring of your dental health (and even general health) to ensure that you are a perfect candidate for the implant procedure. In case there are any problems, such as insufficient jawbone and gum tissue, other restorative procedures such as bone grafting, ridge augmentation, jawbone restructuring, and others can be offered.

Before the implant placement (a surgical procedure) dental x-rays, cone beam scans, and other imaging technologies might be used to help with the planning.

The Surgical Process


Once everything is set, you can proceed to have your implants placed. The surgical procedure is carried out in a single visit, and while you are under anesthesia. Once you are sedated, the gum tissue will be opened up to expose the jawbone and allow the drilling of holes. The implants will then be placed (the number depending on how many teeth to be replaced and the treatment option) and the surgical site closed up.

With the implants placed, the bone surrounding them will start to heal and grow, forming a strong bond. This will help to provide strong support to the dental crowns or the dental bridges.

Do you have a missing tooth? We, at Periodontal Associates, offer the best dental implant solutions for all missing teeth problems. Call today at with any questions you might have about the dental implant placement procedure.
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