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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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What Are The Four Phases Of Periodontal Therapy?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Periodontal Associates
What Are The Four Phases Of Periodontal Therapy?Gum disease in its first stage is known as gingivitis. When it becomes severe, it advances to periodontal disease. If gum disease has attacked your mouth, don't worry, it can be treated depending on the severity. Here we look at the following four phases of periodontal therapy.


Good oral hygiene will keep you away from periodontal disease. This is the most crucial phase of gum disease management. Cleaning your teeth well and regular visits to the dentist's office for checkups are crucial preventive measures. Prevention is always the best option, although it is not practically a therapy.

Scaling and Root Planing

Bacteria that cause gum disease are brought about by the buildup of plaque and tartar in your teeth. The bacteria have to be cleaned if gum disease is present. A dental instrument called a scaler will be used to scrape off plaque and tartar buildup above the root surfaces, a process referred to as scaling. Root planing, on the other hand, entails scraping off biofilm and tartar and smoothening out the roots to do away with micro-dents or rough spots where bacteria and plaque could stick or hide.

Pocket Reduction

If gum disease is left to advance, it can lead to the development of pockets around the teeth. These pockets can create space for bacteria to accumulate, as the gum tissue no longer fits in closely around the tooth. When the pocket is too deep, it is surgically reduced to a size that is easy to clean at home. Irregular surfaces may be smoothened to aid the gum tissue adhere to the tooth firmly.

Gum and Bone Grafting

Where gum recession arises due to failure in treating gum disease, gum grafting will be done by collecting tissues from other areas of your mouth and putting them in affected places. In bone grafts, resorbed bone is rebuilt. A periodontist collects bone tissue from other parts of your body, like the chin, and adds it to the affected bone. Visit us at our offices where our periodontist will conduct an oral test to check for gum disease symptoms and offer the best treatment.
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