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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 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 implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.

Dental Implants


Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) issues. We also specialize in the placement of implants. At Periodontal Associates, we believe implants are the ideal solution for tooth loss. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can drastically improve the function and esthetics of your smile!

What Are Dental Implants?


A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically embed into the jawbone. Because the implant is placed underneath the gum tissue, it acts as the root component of a missing tooth. After a brief healing period we will place an abutment.

The abutment is a support structure that links the implant screw to your restoration. A single implant is usually attached to a porcelain or zirconia crown. If you are missing multiple teeth we will place multiple implants to support a fixed partial or complete bridge.

Learn More About the Dental Implants Procedures at Periodontal Associates



Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?


As a periodontist, Dr. Eshraghi is uniquely qualified to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. During your initial consultation, we will perform a comprehensive examination using advanced diagnostic tools, such as x-rays, CBCT scans, and digital impressions. By the end of your appointment, you will know whether or not implants are right for you.

Most patients qualify for dental implants. However, we may need to address bone deterioration or periodontal disease before we move forward with treatment. We offer bone grafting and other preliminary procedures to ensure the success of your implant.

Dental Implant Procedure


The dental implant procedure is usually broken up into two minor surgeries. During the first surgery, we will open the gum tissue and place the implant screw. Once the implant is in place, we will suture the incision. The number of implants we place depends on the type of restoration you need.

Over the next six months or so, the implant and your bone will fuse during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is a vital part of the healing process because it produces a bond powerful enough to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. Once osseointegration is complete, we will place your abutment and later the restoration. In some instances, we may be able to place the abutment at the same time as the implant post.

Benefits of Dental Implants


An implant-supported restoration is the next best thing to your natural teeth. Because it becomes a part of you, your restoration will look, feel, and function just like any other tooth. These types of benefits are largely unmatched by traditional restorations.

Unlike a conventional bridge or denture, implants mimic the relationship between your natural teeth and jawbone. This allows for improved speech, eating, comfort, and esthetics. You will never have to worry about embarrassing slips or discomfort during your daily activities.

Implants are also better for your long-term oral health. It is the only restoration that provides stimulation to your jawbone. This stimulation will preserve the structure of the jaw by preventing deterioration. Because implants rely on the bone, there is also no risk of structural damage to your surrounding teeth.

Above all else, implants can lead to a boost in self-confidence. Having a missing tooth is often embarrassing. Unrealistic restorations can also lead to self-esteem issues. If you want to look and feel good again, a dental implant may be the answer!

Schedule Your Initial Consultation


You, too, can experience the wonderful benefits of dental implants! Call (971) 317-8414 to schedule your initial consultation now!
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