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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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Periodontitis – Symptoms and Treatment

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Periodontal Associates
Periodontitis – Symptoms and TreatmentPeriodontitis is a serious infection of the gums that damages the soft tissue of the gums. When left untreated, the condition could lead to serious complications, such as the loosening or loss of teeth. In more serious cases, it could result in destroying the bone that provides support to the mouth, thus making it virtually impossible to eat or speak.

Periodontitis is Preventable

While periodontitis is not something to take lightly, the good news is that it's entirely preventable and treatable, provided you get timely treatment. Since periodontitis is caused by poor oral hygiene, brushing twice a day and flossing can greatly improve the chances of a successful treatment.


Healthy gums are pale pink and fit firmly around the teeth. However, with periodontitis, the patient's gums could become puffy and swollen. It is also common for the gums to feel tender, and the gums also tend to bleed easily, even while brushing your teeth. If you notice the formation of pus between your gums and teeth, that is also a telltale sign of gum infection and should be checked immediately by a dentist.

When is a Good Time to See Your Dentist?

While the condition is preventable, if the symptoms persist and make it painful to chew or swallow food, it is advised to see the dentist before these symptoms escalate. As your personal dentist, we will recommend the best periodontic treatment and will recommend a schedule for regular checkups to monitor your progress. The sooner you seek help from a dentist, the better your chances will be to reverse the damage that has been caused by periodontitis.

At Periodontal Associates, Dr. Eshraghi and Dr. McAllister are always ready to provide you with the right guidance and all the answers you need regarding periodontic treatment. Call now at (971) 317-8414 to schedule your appointment today.
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