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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.

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Sybil N.

Periodontal Assoc. has been absolutely wonderful in my care for implants. They are incredibly professional and make you feel very welcome for every appointment. I told them today my only complaint is they always run on time and I don't have time to read my book - lol!! In most medical offices you spend a fair amount of time just waiting and this has never happened to me. I highly recommend their service.

Larry T.

Started treatment for bone loss in lower left jaw last September. Dr. recommended a bone graft for a deep pocket, kinda scary sounding. Went through the procedure, then had 6 months of checkups, all is well. Things went very smoothly. Procedure itself was not a bad experience. Healing was fast. The office staff is great to work with.

Dan H.

I have had a LOT of dental work done in my life and I can say with a high degree of certainty that Dr Eshragi and his team are the very best at what they do. They are caring, talented and ensure the very best experience in what is otherwise a very difficult experience. Thanks team!

Bridget S.

Dr. McAllister and his staff always has a warm professional welcome, excellent communication skills and expert surgical dental work and follow up care.

Christine H.

I interviewed several oral surgeons before deciding to use Dr. McAllister's services. My surgery required a lot of work and Dr. McAllister did an excellent job. He and his staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome. You can't go wrong with he and his team!!

Kevin B.

My dental implant surgery by Dr Eshragi was as good or better than I expected. He and his team do a terrific job!

Jerry M.

Referred to Dr Eshraghi by my dentist, who had been trying to get me to see him for implants for a few years. Had a crown break off that was unable to be re cemented. Dr Eshraghi did an extraction and then inserted 3 implants. Painless......no issues. What was surprising was virtual no pain during or after procedure. I was expecting some discomfort / pain during the healing process, but was minimal to none. Can not say enough good things about Dr Estraghi and his staff. Excellent.

Zanyar d.

I had a best experience. Dr. Eshraghi and stuff are so kind and approachable. I highly recommend their office.
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