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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.

Single Tooth Implant for a Missing Tooth


While tooth loss is a major dental problem, most people do not bother replacing a single missing tooth. This is especially the case when the tooth is not visible - and thus cannot affect smiling. However, while missing a single tooth might not do much to your appearance, the invisible damage it can cause can be extensive. This is why we, at Periodontal Associates, are committed to helping you replace your tooth with a single tooth implant.

How Does a Single Tooth Implant Work?


A single tooth dental implant is used to replace a single tooth that has been lost due to various reasons - from tooth decay to tooth damage due to traumatic dental injury. The implant is comprised of three parts:
•  The metal post/frame made of titanium, which acts as the artificial root of the prosthetic tooth.
•  A prosthetic crown. These are custom made to look and feel like your natural tooth crown.
•  An abutment. This is a screw-like metal, which connects the prosthetic crown to the metal post, thus providing a more secure fit.

The implant completely replaces the lost tooth - both in appearance and functionality.

The Single Tooth Implant Process


The procedure of a single tooth implant involves surgically placing the implant (metal frame) into the jawbone. The surgery is carried out in a single session and under anesthesia. Once the implant has been placed, the surgical site is closed up, and it is given time to heal before placing the dental crown. During this healing period, the jawbone grows into the implant, forming a strong support system for the tooth. The dental crown is then fitted, completing the implant placement procedure.

The single tooth implant procedure can also involve a same-day implant - depending on the preference and the dental health of the patient. With this option, the dental crown is placed on the same day as the implant (metal post) thus eliminating the waiting period.

Benefits of a Single Tooth Implant


A single tooth dental implant offers several benefits:
•  Restoring full oral functionality. While a single missing tooth might not seem like a huge deal, it can greatly affect various oral functions such as chewing and talking. A single implant thus helps to replace full functionality.
•  Restoring appearance and smile. A missing visible tooth can greatly affect your appearance and smile. A single implant helps to give you back a perfect appearance, thus allowing you to smile with confidence.
•  Preventing damage to the remaining teeth. Losing a single tooth creates space in your jawbone and removes some support structure of the adjacent teeth. As a result, these teeth start to shift towards the missing space, which can lead to dental problems such as gapped teeth. The shifting of the remaining teeth can also place undue stress on both the teeth and the gum tissue, leading to extensive damage.
•  Prevents the deterioration of the jawbone. A missing tooth also leaves a socket, or a hole, in the jawbone, which might fail to heal properly. As a result, the jawbone can start to deteriorate through bone loss, which can eventually lead to multiple tooth loss.

Replace Your Tooth Today


Even though a single missing tooth can appear unimportant, it can lead to extensive damage to your teeth. It is thus important to replace the tooth immediately. Call us, Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414 to find out more about the single tooth implant procedure.
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