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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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Types of Gum Diseases

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
a 3d rendering of the stages of gum disease
Many patients find it confusing to describe gum disease. If left without treatment, gum disease causes tooth loss and pain. For prevention, proper home dental care can enhance the prevention of gum disease. However, improper dental care is not always the result of gum diseases, but other factors can contribute too. Below is an explanation of gum diseases and their causes.


Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. When suffering from gums inflammation, bleeding is one sign that can make you realize that gingivitis is starting to pop in. Gingivitis makes your gums become swollen and tender, which makes them exposed. When having healthy gums, they are going to look firm, with no bleeding and coral pink.

Periodontal Diseases

When suffering from periodontal diseases, you might start feeling the same symptoms as those of gingivitis. The two have a connection because gingivitis is the one that starts showing up before periodontal disease starts showing up. If periodontal diseases show up, the right thing to do is have it treated because the symptoms could be painful, especially in the later stages.

Gum Recession

The root of the teeth could be exposed, and that is when gum recession is ruled out; when the gum line starts to pull away from where it is in the right position, then it means that gum recession has started to show signs. The next sign could be losing the jawbone of the surrounding teeth. Since the left-exposed teeth are sensitive to temperature, they end up decaying.

Gum Abscess

Gum recession starts to show up with a bump or a blister. Blisters are caused by an infection that starts to cause deep gum pockets. The gum pockets cause swelling and pain to patients, which will require treatment immediately so that it does not lead to serious consequences to one's health. A dentist can diagnose all of these gum diseases and rule for the right treatment.

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