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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.

Meet the Team


Cassie, Front Office Lead at Periodontal Associates Cassie
As our implant and treatment coordinator, Cassie has over 15 years of dental specialty office experience and can assist you with any surgical questions and scheduling needs. She enjoys all things outdoors and spending time with her two daughters and husband.

Rhandie, Lead Surgical Assistant at Periodontal Associates Rhandie
As your lead surgical assistant, Rhandie brings over 12 years of experience to the office. Her genuine concern and empathy creates a pleasant experience that patients can look forward to. In her leisure time she enjoys playing flag football and spending time with her two children and husband.


Mary, Surgical Assistant at Periodontal Associates Mary
Mary is one of our surgical assistants and has thorough periodontal knowledge and is here to help you from your first visit to your last visit in our office. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Lauren, Hygienist at Periodontal Associates Lauren
Lauren has a Bachelors in Hygiene from USC. She has been with our practice for over 20 years demonstrating her extensive periodontal knowledge in dental hygiene. Her patients have come to appreciate the care and passion she has for educating them in their oral and general health issues. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and she stays heavily involved in the Arts.


Paula, Hygienist at Periodontal Associates Paula
Paula is our second hygienist. She brings outstanding skills and always puts her patients first and enjoys educating on oral health care. In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

April, Insurance Coordinator at Periodontal Associates April
April is our Insurance/Billing coordinator. She can assist you with any insurance or billing questions. When she is not at work she enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with her family.


Christina, Patient Coordinator at Periodontal Associates Christina
As our patient care coordinator Christina comes with over 12 years experience in the medical field and can assist you with any scheduling needs or questions. She moved here from New Mexico in 2002 and in her free time enjoys seasonal gardening, binge watching TV shows, listening to podcasts and spending time with her son and cat.

Nicole, Referral Coordinator at Periodontal Associates Nicole
Nicole is our Referral Coordinator. She brings over 13 years' experience in the medical and dental field and can help you with any questions and/or scheduling needs. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping and spending time with her family and friends.


Karly, Surgical Assistant at Periodontal Associates Karly
Karly has been assisting with our office for over 2 years and can help you with any surgical care and questions. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her son and husband.

Lindsay, Surgical Assistant at Periodontal Associates Lindsey
Lindsey comes with over 4 years experience in the dental field. Being very knowledgeable, she is happy to answer any questions and help you in any way throughout your treatment. When she is not at work you will most likely find her working at a winery, spending time with her family and doing anything outdoors.

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