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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.

Periotest


Surgical suite at Periodontal Associates beaverton office location.Dental implants are among the most popular and effective options for replacing lost teeth. An implant consists of a post (usually made of titanium or zirconia), a prosthetic crown that has the form and function of a natural tooth, and an abutment that connects them.

What is Osseointegration?


The post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. It is made of titanium, zirconia, or a similar substance because these materials are biocompatible. This means that the body will react favorably toward them instead of rejecting it as a hostile substance. The posts will gradually bond with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Tooth roots stimulate the jaw bone and keep it healthy, but when a tooth is removed, the stimulation is cut off, and the bone can deteriorate. The biocompatible posts in dental implants stimulate the jaw bone just like natural tooth roots would, restoring the health of the underlying bone. Dentures and other dental prosthetics cannot do this.

However, to have the desired results, we must ensure that the osseointegration process takes place properly and to do that we employ a special device.

What is a Periotest?


A Periotest is an instrument that is used for determining the rate of osseointegration in dental implants. From initial stability testing, through the recovery period, up to the finished product, can uses this device at any stage of implant treatment.

Its value comes from its ability to measure the completed crown. Studies have shown that 10% of implants are prone to periimplantitis after 15 years, but we can use Periotests to pinpoint and treat this problem early on.

Periotest M


Periotest M is a variation of the device in the form of a hand-held mobile device that allows us to measure osseointegration on dental implants wirelessly. Periotest M makes, However,evaluation of implant stability even easier.

This device maximizes freedom of movement because of its advanced design and eliminates the need for a surface for apparatus close to the patient. A base unit recharges the machine’s internal lithium-ion battery, similar to that of a cordless phone.

Advantages of the Periotest M


Dentists and oral surgeons need a swift and accurate way to measure the osseointegration process to ensure the implants are properly bonding with the jaw bone, and here at Periodontal Associates we have that method in the form of the Periotest.

Periotest M is impressive because of how simple it is. The machine is turned on by just one switch, which immediately initiates the measuring sequence. The device’s integral display shows the test results.

The most recent model still has the assets of previous versions, including its versatility in a wide array of uses. We can use the Periotest to take measurements on a wide selection of implants without having to use additional accessories like transmitters. These considerations combine to make the Periotest a highly effective measuring device.

It is part of our practice to routinely check implants with the Periotest, and we build a sense of dependability and trust with our patients in so doing. We want you to know that we’re concerned about the health of your implants years after you get them.

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