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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 Dental 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 Dental Implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Beaverton, OR


Woman looking at her smile in a mirror at Periodontal Associates in Beaverton, ORIf you are missing a tooth or several teeth, dental implants are a good method for replacing those teeth. Today, new technology has made implants very durable and very affordable. Whether you need one implant or want to look at an option such as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept to replace all of your teeth, the team at Periodontal Associates can help. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to select dental implants instead of dentures.

Implants Are Permanent



Unlike dentures, implants are permanent replacement teeth. Once we place the posts and attach the crowns to them, you will not have to remove them for any reason. You will likely have the same set of implants for the rest of your life, though like any type of tooth replacement, you can break implants. However, all we will need to do in such a case is replace the crown (the actual replacement tooth). The posts themselves will not need replacing.

Being permanent also means you do not need to worry about using a dental adhesive to hold your dentures in place. You do not have to be concerned with your dentures moving or with any food debris getting under them, either. There is nothing for debris to get under because the crowns are secured to posts placed in the gums.

They Do Not Require Any Special Cleaning



Dental implants are cleaned in the same way you clean your natural teeth. You need to brush them at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. With dentures, you need to remove them at night to soak them in a special solution. There is no need to purchase or use any special cleaning products with implants. Simply brush your teeth as normal.

Implants also do not have any restricted foods. With dentures, you may want to avoid sticky foods or hard foods that can cause your dentures to shift out of place. You may also want to avoid popcorn and other foods that can break into small pieces because those pieces can get under the dentures. These foods are not a problem for implants. You can eat anything you want.

Implants Are Comfortable



Dentures are not always immediately comfortable. You will need to get used to wearing them, and if they do come loose, they can feel uncomfortable until you have time to fix them. Implants feel very similar to your natural teeth, so there is nothing new to adjust to.

Implants Look Natural



While it is true that it is often hard for people to notice that you have dentures, it is even harder for someone to know you have implants. Advancements in artificial tooth material allows us to place implants that look very similar to natural teeth. If you only need a single implant, we can even match the coloring of the crown to your natural teeth so it blends in.

Do you have a missing tooth or teeth and want to learn more about implants? Call Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414 today to schedule a consultation.


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