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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 Grafting

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethGum grafting, a common dental procedure, aims to restore and enhance the health of your gums. Understanding the various types of gum grafting can help you make informed decisions about your oral health. Let us delve into the intricacies of this procedure.

What Is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafting involves taking tissue from one part of your mouth, often the palate, and grafting it onto areas where gum recession has occurred. This technique helps cover exposed tooth roots, prevents further gum recession, and reduces sensitivity. It usually takes one hour to perform the surgery for one graft. Additional grafts require more time. There are different types of gum grafting procedures tailored to individual needs.

Types of Gum Grafting

Connective Tissue Grafts

Connective tissue grafts are the most common type of gum grafting procedure. During this procedure, a small incision is made at the roof of your mouth to obtain tissue from underneath the top layer of tissue. The harvested tissue is then stitched to the receding gumline. This method effectively addresses moderate to severe gum recession.

Free Gingival Grafts

Free gingival grafts involve taking tissue directly from the palate surface instead of from underneath. This technique is suitable for individuals with thin gum tissue. The harvested tissue is then secured to the recipient site to augment the gum tissue thickness.

Pedicle Grafts

Pedicle grafts are performed using tissue adjacent to the affected area. The tissue is partially cut and then moved over the exposed roots to cover the receding gums. This technique maintains its blood supply from the donor site, promoting faster healing and successful graft integration.


In some cases, your dentist might recommend an allograft. This involves using donor tissue from a tissue bank. While less common than using your tissue, allografts offer a suitable alternative for individuals who lack sufficient healthy gum tissue.

If you are experiencing receding gums, consulting our dental professional is crucial. We will assess the severity of your condition, recommend the most suitable gum grafting procedure, and guide you through the entire process.

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