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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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Understanding How Dental Retainers Work

Posted on 11/15/2023 by Periodontal Associates
An oral appliance retainerDental retainers are vital tools in orthodontic treatment. Some people may perceive wearing retainers as an unnecessary inconvenience. Indeed, retainers can sometimes be irritating. However, it is better to wear them than have to go through the treatment all over again.


Retainers support teeth alignment after orthodontic treatment. They work by applying a gentle force on the teeth to ensure they stay in place. This gentle force over time makes the surrounding tissues adjust and adapt to the new alignment. When you fail to wear retainers as advised by our doctor, you risk causing your teeth to shift back to their former position. Not only will this shift cost you money but time as well.

Types of retainers

Retainers are either made of acrylic or plastic material. Additionally, depending on your preference, you can opt for a fixed or removable retainer. Removable retainers are only worn at night as you sleep. Removable retainers are easy to remove and clean while at home.

Additionally, due to the perceived irritation, with removable retainers, you have the option of resting from them during the day. Wearing retainers at night is less inconvenient. Fixed retainers on the other hand cannot be removed. With fixed retainers, you have to maintain a high level of oral hygiene to prevent plaque from accumulating between the teeth and the retainers.

Retainer care maintenance tips

Knowing how retainers work is not sufficient. You also need to know how to take good care of them so that they serve you for many years. Always take out your retainers when eating especially for the removable retainers. Eating with retainers may cause food to get stuck in between and risk amassing tartar. Any time you are not wearing retainers, ensure that you put them back in the retainer case to avoid contamination and breakage. Removable retainers should always be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste like you do for the natural teeth. For all your dental care needs, our doctors would be happy to help you. Feel free to schedule a free consultation.
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