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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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Oral Cancer Screening Beaverton

Having regular dental exams ensures that traces of oral cancer are detected early and can be cured in time. At Periodontal Associates, an oral cancer screening makes sure that patients can get the care they require.

Understanding Oral Cancer

Oral cancer refers to the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. There are several types of oral cancer, with the most common being squamous cell carcinoma. Other types may affect the salivary glands, gums, and other areas within the oral region.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing oral cancer. These include:

•  Tobacco Use: Smoking and smokeless tobacco significantly elevate the risk.
•  Alcohol Consumption: Excessive and prolonged alcohol intake is a known risk factor.
•  Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Certain strains of HPV increase the risk of oral cancer.
•  Age: The risk generally increases with age, particularly after 45.
•  Sun Exposure: Lip cancer can be associated with prolonged sun exposure.
•  Poor Nutrition: A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables may contribute.

The Role of Oral Cancer Screenings in Prevention

Oral cancer screenings play a crucial role in preventing the progression of the disease by:

•  Early Detection: Screenings can identify abnormalities in the early stages when treatment is more effective.

•  Risk Assessment: Dentists can evaluate risk factors using oral cancer screening devices, guiding preventive measures.

•  Encouraging Healthy Habits: Dentists may use screenings as an opportunity to educate patients on risk reduction strategies.

•  Routine Monitoring: Regular screenings, especially for high-risk individuals, help in continuous monitoring and early intervention.

By understanding oral cancer, recognizing risk factors, and prioritizing regular screenings, individuals can take proactive steps toward prevention and early detection. It's a simple yet impactful approach to maintaining oral health and overall well-being.

Benefits of Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings offer the potential for life-saving outcomes by detecting abnormalities at an early stage. Early identification allows for timely intervention, increasing the likelihood of successful treatment. Regular screenings empower individuals to take control of their health and address any concerning signs promptly.

One notable benefit of oral cancer screenings is their non-invasiveness. The process is quick and painless, involving a visual examination of the oral cavity and, in some cases, the use of additional tools. The simplicity of the procedure makes it accessible and encourages individuals to incorporate regular screenings into their overall healthcare routine without significant inconvenience.

The integration of oral cancer screenings into routine dental check-ups enhances their accessibility and effectiveness. By including screenings as part of regular dental examinations, individuals can conveniently address both their oral health and potential cancer concerns in a single visit. This integration simplifies the screening process, making it more likely for individuals to prioritize and maintain regular screenings as part of their overall healthcare regimen.

We encourage regular dental exams at Periodontal Associates. Our trained, professional dentists can do oral cancer screenings for you, preventing problems in the long term. Contact us in Beaverton and Meridian today at (971) 317-8414.
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