Dentists have to make a lot of judgment calls. Implant dentists are no exception. A dental implant specialist must identify which patients are good candidates for implant surgery. Dental implants have a high success rate when done correctly.
Success depends on many factors.
A key decision is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Healthy gum tissue is also essential. Without healthy gum tissue, the implant is partially exposed. This isn’t ideal for the implant or the crown it supports. An implant needs a secure foundation of bone and tissue. Loose gums should be treated before dental implant placement.
There are some options if you are considering a dental implant but have receding gums. We invite you to set up a dental implant consultation by calling 619-295-4545.
You may be a suitable candidate for soft tissue grafts. Tissue grafts augment your existing gums. If the soft tissue grafting is successful, you may be able to support a dental implant. Provided, of course, that you have enough healthy bone structure. Your implant dentist may also recommend bone grafting surgery in addition to soft tissue grafts. This procedure augments existing bone.
Receding gums should not be ignored. You may have gum disease or periodontitis. This is a pressing oral health problem on its own. Whether or not you are considering a dental implant, receding gums can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Healthy gums are as important as healthy teeth. Talk to your dentist about treating gum recession to restore oral health.