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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 Watch for as Gum Disease Progresses

Posted on 8/9/2021 by Periodontal Associates
What To Watch for as Gum Disease ProgressesGum disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the gums. The disease can progress and affect the bone that supports and surrounds your teeth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque, a colorless, sticky film that forms on your teeth. If you don't remove this plaque through flossing and brushing, it builds up and causes damage to both your gums and teeth. Therefore, it is important to come in for a check-up immediately after you notice signs of gum disease. Similarly, you should also know the various stages of gum disease for immediate care.


Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. This is where plaque builds up on your gum line, causing inflammation. If regular flossing or brushing doesn't remove the plaque, it will produce toxins that cause irritation of the gum tissue. This will lead to gingivitis. During these early stages, you will notice light bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. If you notice these symptoms, get in touch with us immediately. This is because gum disease can easily be treated at this early stage. The reason is that, at this stage, the connective bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place are undamaged.


As the gum disease progresses, the fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place start to get damaged. There will be gum pockets that form between your teeth and gums, trapping plaque and food particles. At this stage, high standards of oral hygiene can help prevent further progression. You should also come in for regular dental cleanings. If the plaque is not removed, bacteria will feed on it and multiply. As a result, gum disease will advance into full-blown periodontitis. This is where the supporting tissue is severely damaged and can no longer hold teeth together. For more information on how to handle gum disease, visit our offices.
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