Dental implants are not compatible with everyone’s circumstances, at least not at first. A dentist needs to examine your existing gum and bone health to determine whether implants are the best solution. A receding gumline is one factor that can affect the viability of implants. We’ll explain how receding gums affect dental implants.
Why Receding Gums Are a Problem
A receded gumline can expose an implant. The implant requires both sufficient bone and gum tissue in order to have a strong anchor point. Without the presence of and adequate amount of gum tissue, the implant and crown lack the support they need to succeed long-term.
Working a Dental Implant Around Receding Gums
Don’t fret just yet; you’re not doomed to a gap because of preexisting gum loss. For mild gum recession, the dentist may recommend tooth scaling and root planning. For more severe gum loss, the dentist may suggest gum grafting. Grafting provides support for the damaged soft gum tissue and improves implant success rate.
Gum grafting, though, doesn’t work for everyone. This is normally the case for people who naturally have thin gums. In this instance, you may require a gingival graft where the dentist uses soft tissue from your palate.
The Problem with Thin Gums
If your gums are too thin, the implant may show through as a grayish tint. Not only does this not look good but it can also cause further receding. This causes the bone to recede as well, eventually exposing the implant threads.
If you know you have existing gum problems, our advice is to speak with a dentist. Never assume implants are automatically out of the question. Thanks to modern procedures, we have workaround solutions for almost all bone and gum problems.
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