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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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Is it Gingivitis or Periodontitis?

Posted on 2/20/2023 by Periodontal Associates
Is it Gingivitis or Periodontitis?Gingivitis and periodontitis are words that you will often come across when learning more about oral health and gum disease. The former almost always precedes the latter. If you have gingivitis and you don't treat it, it will advance to periodontitis, a serious version of gum disease. When you understand these two oral conditions and how they manifest, you are able to prevent them and get timely treatment whenever they occur. So, what is the difference between the two?

Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

Gingivitis is simply gum inflammation and occurs before periodontitis, the leading cause of loss of tooth in adults. Patients who have gingivitis, if they seek treatment and maintain proper oral hygiene, can stop the infection. Luckily, not all gingivitis cases advance to periodontitis. Often, the major difference between periodontitis and gingivitis is that the latter is reversible, but the former, referring to periodontitis, is not.


During the initial stages of gingivitis, you will have plaque and bacteria accumulating between your teeth. Your gums will be inflamed and start bleeding when brushing. During this time, your teeth are firmly planted, although the gums are irritated. Signs of gingivitis are tender, red, swollen gums that bleed easily while brushing the teeth. At this stage, there is no irreversible bone damage yet. Gingivitis is considered the mildest version of gum disease. Good oral hygiene habits such as regular dental checkups, brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day, in addition to the use of mouthwash are able to prevent or reverse gingivitis.


Gingivitis, when not treated, will eventually progress to periodontitis. In periodontitis, the inner layer of your gums, as well as the bone, start pulling away from your teeth, forming dental pockets. The small spaces forming between the gums and teeth will collect and harbor debris and bacteria. Although the immune system will try to fight the bacteria, the toxins that the bacteria in plaque produce, work with the enzymes of the body that fight infection, to break down and weaken your bone and the connective tissue holding the teeth in place. As a result, the pockets deepen, and the bone and gum tissue are destroyed. When this happens, we call it aggressive periodontitis, and at this stage, the teeth are not anchored in place; they are loose. What follows is tooth loss.

Now that you know what gingivitis is and how it differs from periodontitis, why not seek treatment early enough at our dental office? Visit us today.

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