ADA Accessibility Information
Accessibility

A
A

A
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.

Tissue Regeneration Through Gum Grafting


Bone tissue damage is a serious dental condition that can lead to several problems, from bleeding gums, loose teeth, pain due to swollen gums, and increased teeth sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots. If left untreated, gum damage can result in the loss of teeth, and in the case of a bacterial infection, an infection of the jawbone. At Periodontal Associates we offer several treatment solutions for treating damaged gum tissue. Among these solutions is gum grafting, a dental procedure that helps to regenerate damaged tissue.

What is Gum Grafting?


Gum grafting is an oral surgery procedure that helps to regenerate the growth of new gum tissue by using a graft material. The graft is placed in the damaged section of the gums, where the new gum tissue is needed to grow. The new tissue, then meshes with the existing gums, forming one tissue structure.

Gum grafting is recommended when there is extensive damage to the gum tissue. The damage can be brought about by:
•  Gum disease. Gum disease is characterized by a bacterial infection of the gum tissue, which damages the gums.
•  Receding gums due to aggressive brushing or excessive teeth grinding and clenching.
•  A traumatic dental injury that damages the gums.
•  An oral infection that has spread from another part of the oral cavity.

Reasons for Gum Grafting


Gum grafting is a procedure that helps to fix several dental issues. It can be used to:
•  Reducing sensitivity of the teeth. Gum tissue damage that results in exposed teeth can cause an increased sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks, something that can be uncomfortable and painful. Gum grafting helps to cover these parts of teeth that are extremely sensitive.
•  Protecting the teeth from damage. Exposed teeth are vulnerable to infections, which can ultimately result in teeth damage or loss. Gum grafting helps to prevent this from happening.
•  Improved dental health. Gum grafting is a great way of treating gum disease during the early stages, thus preventing its advancement - which can result in the damage of the jawbone and multiple tooth loss.
•  Improved appearance. Damaged gum tissue is not only unsightly, but it can cause teeth alignment problems that can alter your appearance. Treating the damaged gums through grafting is thus a great way of improving your appearance.

What Does Gum Grafting Procedure Involve?


Gum grafting starts with a diagnosis to determine if the procedure is necessary and ideal. Once the surgery has been determined, a customized treatment plan is created. The plan can involve several dental treatments before the actual procedure takes place, which helps to guarantee a better chance of success. Some of these dental treatments might include:
•  Professional cleaning of the teeth to remove tartar and dental plaque.
•  Treatment of damaged teeth. This is to prevent the spread of infection to the gums.
•  Medication to remove bacterial infection.

The actual gum grafting procedure is carried out in a single visit. On the day of the procedure, anesthesia is administered to provide a comfortable and painless experience. An incision is then made at the graft site and space is created to accommodate the graft tissue. The tissue is then inserted and the site stitched up to prevent the graft tissue from falling off or moving from the desired area. As the surgical wound starts to heal, the graft will start growing, forming a new tissue that combines with the existing gums. The full recovery period can take about six weeks.

Do you have any questions about the gum grafting procedure? Your reliable dentists from Periodontal Associates can help to answer them all. Call us today at (971) 317-8414 to schedule an appointment.
Periodontal Associates in Beaverton, OR

Copyright © 2018-2019 Periodontal Associates and WEO MEDIA. All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links