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Are Dental Implants An Option If I Have Receding Gums?
Posted:May 10, 2019
Dentists have to make a lot of judgment calls. Implant dentists are no exception. A dental implant specialist must ascertain which patients are good candidates for implant surgery. Dental implants, like those from Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA, have a high success rate when done correctly.
Success depends on many variables.
An important decision is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Healthy gum tissue is also vital. Without healthy gum tissue, the implant is partially exposed. This isn’t ideal for the implant nor the crown it supports. An implant needs a secure foundation of bone and tissue. Receding gums should be treated before we place the dental implant.
If you are thinking about a dental implant but have receding gums, there are some options. We invite you to schedule a consultation.
You may be well-suited 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 you have enough healthy bone structure. We can counsel you on bone grafting surgery in addition to the soft tissue grafts. This procedure augments existing bone.
Receding gums should not be ignored; it may be a sign of gum disease. This is a pressing oral health problem on its own, quite apart from the question of a dental implant. Schedule a consultation with us at Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA to learn your options.