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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 Dental 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 Dental Implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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Dental Implant Maintenance And Follow-Up Care

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Periodontal Associates
Dental Implant Maintenance And Follow-Up CareA dentist can recommend installing dental implants if you have several missing teeth due to advanced gum disease or trauma. The implants are screw-like posts surgically placed on the jaw to work like the roots of your teeth. They provide a long-lasting solution to missing teeth. After the implants fuse with the jawbone, a dentist will attach artificial teeth such as crowns. After installation of the implants, you need to maintain them properly through the following ways:

Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing your teeth prevents the accumulation of food debris, dirt, plaque, and tartar on your teeth. You can use an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent bacteria growth and ensure the implants are in good condition.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Another way to maintain your implants is to visit your dentist regularly. A dentist will monitor the health of your teeth and gums and ensure the implants are in the right position. They can also check for any signs of implant failure or infection and offer treatment as soon as possible.


X-rays should be taken regularly to check the condition of the bones and implants. It helps prevent whether the implants have adequately fused with the existing bone. Dentists can identify any signs of implant failure or bone loss early enough.

Bite Adjustments

After a time, the implants can move slightly or shift in position. The condition can cause discomfort and affect your bite. A dentist will adjust the implants and ensure they are as comfortable as possible.

Practice Health Habits

Some practices, such as grinding your teeth, can affect the integrity of the implants. You should avoid applying too much pressure on the just-installed implants. A healthy lifestyle will also increase the success rate of an implant. You should avoid smoking and adhere to a healthy diet during healing. Good practices will ensure the success and longevity of the implants.
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