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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 To Expect During Dental Cleaning?

Posted on 3/8/2021 by Periodontal Associates
What To Expect During Dental Cleaning?A dental cleaning procedure is a deep tooth cleaning procedure that ensures your oral and hygiene and protects you from dental diseases and infections. Generally, the process is between 30 to 60 minutes long and focuses on cleaning your teeth and gums.

The dental cleaning process is used to remove the build-up of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Your dentist will use the methods mentioned below to deep clean your gumlines, teeth, spaces between your teeth and tongue.

According to some periodontists, patients should have their teeth and gums cleaned professionally every six months. However, if this not possible, yearly dental cleanings are a must and should not be avoided.

Below, we have mentioned some of the things that you must expect during dental cleanings to give you a clear idea of the dental cleaning process.


The first step to any dental cleaning process is the thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Your dentist will ask you to open your mouth wide. A light beam will be directed over your mouth, and the dentist will use a handheld concave mirror to check the condition of your teeth and gums. In case you have cavities, plaque, or tartar build-up, or your gums are showing signs of inflammation, your dentist will recommend a deep dental cleaning process to remove the bacteria from your mouth before they can cause a serious periodontal disease like periodontitis.


For some patients, scaling can be slightly painful. Dentists use a metal tool known as a scaler to remove plaque build-up, tartar, and food residue from the teeth, gumlines, and in between the teeth. The scaler is shaped like a small sharp hook that scrapes the teeth and gumlines. Sometimes, a dentist can also use an ultrasonic scaler if the plaque and tartar build-up is too hard and stubborn. An ultrasonic scaler uses vibration and water to remove and washout plaque and tartar.

Polishing and Flossing

The teeth are flossed and polished to remove stains and make the teeth appear whiter than before. Your dentist will use an electric tool and a mildly abrasive paste or gel to gently polish ad floss the surface of your teeth. During this process, patients may experience slight grinding or corrosion on their teeth, but this is only because the stained surface of the teeth is being polished to reveal the inner cleaner layer. Teeth are then flossed with a floss thread to remove plaque and residue from in between the teeth.

Fluoride Treatment

Some dentists even administer a fluoride treatment on their patients' teeth. A fluoride treatment is used to mineralize the teeth and protect them against bacterial infections. A fluoride gel is squeezed into a mouthpiece, and the patient is required to wear the mouthpiece for a minute or two.

If you are considering getting your teeth cleaned professionally, visit us at Periodontal Associates. Dr. Eshraghi and Dr. McAllister can provide the best dental cleaning session to maintain your oral health and hygiene.
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