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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.

Microsurgery (Global Microscope)


Dr. Eshraghi doing microsurgery on a patient with a dental assistant at Periodontal Associates.Many of us remember our first plastic microscopes when we were just kids and how seeing objects, like hairs, magnified like that right before our eyes were enough to entertain us for hours and get our young minds to think. As technology has improved over the year - with the incredible evolution of computers and the enhancement of the digital era - it seems like everybody has some form of a high-tech device generally within reach and lately, some as close as the wrist.

Realizing the benefits of these advanced techniques, Periodontal Associates recognized the advantages that could come with using a special type of microscope during dental procedures which require more attention. We are excited to share what we have learned about it with you!

What Is Microsurgery?


It can be fascinating to know how far cameras have come. These days, many can be capable of fitting on the size of a pin, compared to a time not long ago when a massive block of heavy plastic perched on the shoulder was considered the standard of convenience for video recording.

Microsurgery is a medical operation that implements the use of microscopes to allow us greater accuracy during the surgery. It is most commonly used in root canals, but it can also be useful during dental implants and for the repair or removal of degenerating roots. Best of all, this is an excellent method for being able to detect cracks in the tooth before they can become too serious.

If you are recommended microsurgery, this means that your best interests are in mind and everything is being done to try to preserve the root. The only real alternative to microsurgery is usually extraction of your tooth. It can be of utmost priority to keep your natural teeth in your mouth as long as humanly possible.

After your surgery, you may feel some tenderness and notice some swelling around the surgical site. Be on the lookout for discharge or excessive bleeding, as those are possible indicators of an infection. Medications (both over-the-counter and prescription) may be suggested for helping to alleviate much of the discomfort. Many patients report they can return to work the next day with minimal adjustments to their routine.

Benefits of A Global Microscope


The revolutionary introduction of a Global Microscope has been appraised as having superior quality while simplifying the restorative process for practitioners. While allowing for an in-depth evaluation of the crown and the surrounding tissues, it also provides ample magnification of areas which may ordinarily go unnoticed. This advanced model also boasts a much-improved lighting system with modern LED fiber optics for an even keener investigation. Also, a Global Microscope is highly coveted within the dental field for its extensive capacity for anticipating a more intricate treatment plan that can ultimately help us provide better oral care for you.

Technology can be daunting, but it does not have to be. It can be pretty interesting to see what tools are becoming available as the years pass that can help regenerate our aging bodies with lasting results. If you are interested in learning more about microsurgery or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414 for more information.
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