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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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Treatment for Aggressive Periodontitis

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Treatment for Aggressive PeriodontitisAggressive periodontitis is a form of periodontal disease that progresses rapidly and can cause significant damage to the teeth and gums. This blog post will discuss the treatment options for aggressive periodontitis. If you are concerned about your oral health or think you may have aggressive periodontitis, please consult with a dentist or other healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling is the medical process of removing tartar (calculus) and bacteria from your teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothing out the roots of your teeth to remove any bacteria that might be clinging to them. These procedures are done using special instruments and can usually be completed in one or two visits. In some cases, however, more extensive treatment may be necessary. After your teeth have been scaled and root planed, your dentist will likely recommend that you have your teeth cleaned regularly (usually every three to six months).


Antibiotics like amoxicillin and metronidazole can help to control the infection, which is often the cause of aggressive periodontitis. They are used as short-term treatment or long-term maintenance therapy. Some people with aggressive periodontitis may also need antibiotics before dental procedures like teeth cleanings to help prevent infection.


Your dentist or periodontist may recommend surgery when other treatments haven't worked. Surgery can be used to remove tartar and plaque from teeth below the gumline and smooth out tough spots on the tooth root where bacteria tend to gather. In some cases, bone or tissue may need to be removed or added to help reduce inflammation. Surgery can be done using a scalpel, laser, or other techniques. After surgery, you'll probably need to take antibiotics for a week or two and have regular checkups to ensure the infection doesn't come back.

Our dental offers different treatment treatments for aggressive periodontitis depending on the severity of the disease. If you have mild aggressive periodontitis, we may recommend a deep cleaning to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth and gums.
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