Receding gums affect many patients. As the gums recede, the roots of teeth are exposed to tartar and bacteria that can lead to dental caries, tooth sensitivity, and infected gingiva. Receding gums is also problematic because the gums help support teeth. Lacking support, teeth can become loose and if gum disease is present, teeth may fall out.
Some patients with gum recession may not be candidates for dental implants but fortunately, there are solutions to those suffering with tooth loss and gum recession. For those with gum recession who are still considered candidates for implants, our oral surgeon may recommend a gum graft. Gum grafting procedures help reestablish healthy gum tissue by taking excess soft oral tissue and grafting it to the site where the gums have receded. A gum graft can support biological and prosthetic teeth as well as improve the aesthetics of a smile.
What are the benefits of implants?
Dental implants are very beneficial to patients who have failing or missing teeth. First and foremost, implants provide a very lifelike replacement to missing teeth that supports all oral health structures and restores oral function. If patients choose porcelain for their prosthetic crowns, they will also enjoy a natural looking, complete smile.
Which patients make good candidates for dental implants?
The best candidates for implants should not have gum disease or a history of severe gum disease. Patients receiving implants will need adequate bone density to support the titanium post of an implant so that their prosthetic teeth are stable. Those with implants should be non-smokers who are committed to living a healthy lifestyle that includes receiving regular dental care and practicing thorough oral hygiene.
How do I know if I will need a gum graft?
If you know that you have gum recession or have a history of gum loss, you might require a gum graft. The only way to be certain about the course of your treatment is to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon. Feel free to discuss your concerns and medical history at your appointment.
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