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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.

Treatment Options for Jaw and Gum Resorption


The jawbone and gum tissue play a very important role in dental health - that of holding the teeth in place. They also help to maintain a perfect facial structure, giving you a great appearance. However, since both the jawbone and gums are made of living tissue, they can be broken down and reabsorbed into the body - a process known as resorption. This can cause significant damage to the dental structure, leading to a host of dental problems. Luckily, at Periodontal Associates we offer a wide range of dental solutions that are designed to restore the jaw and gum structure.

What Causes Jaw and Gum Resorption?


The jawbone and the gum tissues, which are living tissues, are regularly broken down and reabsorbed by the body. However, in a healthy body, the tissues quickly regenerate, thus helping to maintain a perfect structure. When this process is interfered with, the resorption occurs at a higher rate than the regeneration process, leading to gum and bone deterioration. The deterioration can be brought about by some factors such as:
•  Tooth loss. The teeth help to stimulate the growth of the jawbone by constantly stimulating it when you are biting and chewing food. Tooth loss reduces this stimulation, leading to jawbone deterioration. The deterioration is especially fast when multiple teeth are missing.
•  Gum disease. Gum disease can infect both the gum tissue and the jawbone, leading to deterioration if left untreated.
•  Oral infection. An oral infection, if left untreated, can spread to the gums and jawbone, causing deterioration.
•  Dental trauma. Traumatic dental injuries can affect the jawbone and gums, causing damage or interfering with the tissue regeneration process.
•  Systemic diseases or compromised immune system. A less than the optimal immune system can interfere with the tissue regeneration of the jaw and gums, or even make them vulnerable to infections that can damage them.
•  Aging. When the body is young, the rate of tissue regeneration is higher than that of resorption. However, as you grow old, the regeneration rate decreases to a point where it is lower than the resorption rate. This leads to bone and gum tissue loss.

Dental Problems Created by Jaw and Gum Resorption


The loss of jawbone and gum tissue can lead to several dental problems including:
•  Tooth loss. Without the proper support from the jawbone and the gums, your teeth can start becoming loose or falling off.
•  Altered appearance. The loss of teeth, jawbone, and gum tissue can alter your facial appearance, killing your lovely smile.
•  Jaw and tissue resorption can also make you unsuitable for dental treatments such as dentures, dental braces, and dental implants. This can make it hard to treat several serious dental conditions.

Treatment Options for Jaw and Gum Deterioration


There are several treatments that are available, either to prevent or treat jaw and tissue resorption. For the preventative purpose, the following dental solutions can help to preserve the jaw and gum structure by preventing resorption:
•  Dental implants. They stimulate the jawbone, thus preventing atrophy.
•  Ridge augmentation. A procedure performed after tooth extraction to prevent atrophy of the jawbone due to lost stimulation or damaged tooth sockets.

If the jaw and bone tissue have been damaged, treatment options to restore the original structure are available. These options include:
•  Bone grafting. Regeneration of new bone tissue by using a bone graft material.
•  Tissue regeneration. The regeneration of the damaged gum tissue.

At Periodontal Associates we offer a wide range of dental solutions to prevent or treat jaw and gum resorption. Get in touch with us today at (971) 317-8414 for more information on these solutions.
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