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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 Gum Disease


Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition characterized by the bacterial infection of the gums. If not treated, the infection spreads to the jawbone, where it can cause bone damage and ultimately, result in tooth loss. Gum disease can also cause inflammation of the gum tissue, toothache, swelling, and other side effects that can be painful and uncomfortable. Treating gum disease is thus important, which is why we at Periodontal Associates are committed to offering you various dental solutions for treating the condition.

What Causes Gum Disease?


Before discussing treatment options, it is important to understand what exactly causes gum disease. The illness occurs as a result of infection caused by the growth of oral bacteria. These bacteria are found in the dental plaque, a colorless, sticky film that forms on the teeth.

When the plaque is left on the teeth - due to poor oral hygiene - it allows the oral bacteria to interact with food particles, producing toxins. These toxins start to break down the gum tissue, causing them damage. The tissue can also be damaged due to the immune system response to these toxins.

Aside from poor oral hygiene, gum disease can also be triggered by other factors such as:
•  Hormonal changes that increase the vulnerability of gums to a bacterial infection.
•  General health diseases and conditions that weaken the immune system, making the gums vulnerable to infections.
•  Smoking, which can cause the gums not to heal properly if injured, thus making them vulnerable to infections.
•  An oral bacterial infection that has spread from another part of the oral cavity.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease


Gum disease if spotted during its onset can be easily treated, thus saving your gums, jawbone, and teeth from severe damage. Below are some of the early warning signs of gum disease:
•  Bleeding of the gums during brushing and after brushing of teeth.
•  Redness and swelling (inflammation) of gums.
•  Constant bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
•  Loose teeth.
•  Receding gumline and formation of pockets between the gums and the teeth.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease


There are several treatment options that can be used to treat gum disease. The choice of treatment is dependent on your specific dental condition and requirements. More often than not, a combination of treatments is used. Below is a look at some of these treatments:
•  Professional dental cleaning to get rid of any built-up plaque and tartar. This helps to stop the spread of the disease while preventing further damage to the gums.
•  Pocket reduction to get rid of the pockets where dental plaque, tartar, and food particles can collect.
•  Bone grafting. A procedure that involves using fragments of bone, real or synthetic, to replace the bone damaged by periodontitis. The grafts serve as a foundation for the growth of new bone and restoration of tooth stability.
•  Tissue regeneration through grafting to stimulate the growth of new gum tissue to replace the one that has been damaged.

Periodontal Associates offers you a wide range of dental solutions that help to treat gum disease and repair the damage caused to your dental features. Call us today at (971) 317-8414 with any questions you might have about gum disease treatment options.
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