Orillia: (705) 325-1765   Barrie: (705) 739-6725

Receding gums: Are dental implants an option?

With the advantages of modern dentistry, there are few obstacles that can’t be overcome in terms of replacing missing teeth.  Dental implants, generally the tooth replacement method of choice, can be customized to compensate for a number of dental conditions. Even receding gums, a condition in which the gum tissue has pulled away from the teeth, can be addressed and corrected before, during or after your dental implant procedure.

Sometimes, receding gums may actually be the cause of tooth loss, since recession also indicates a loss of bone support around a tooth. Without proper structural support, neither a natural tooth, nor an implant can be maintained. [pullquote]Dental implants, generally the tooth replacement method of choice, can be customized to compensate for a number of dental conditions.[/pullquote]

During your evaluation for dental implants in Orillia, your implant dentist will consider the health of your gums. At the site of the proposed implant, the amount of healthy gum tissue that is available can have a significant impact on the success of the implant. Receding gums should not prevent you from seeking dental implants. Instead, the condition may require that your treatment plan be altered in order to address the condition.

If receding gums has occurred as a result of periodontal disease, it will be important to eliminate the disease prior to moving forward with the implant procedure. This can be accomplished through the use of deep scaling, antibiotic therapy, or surgery. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can reduce or prevent the proper healing of the dental implant and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Although the gum tissue and bone tissue cannot simply grow back into position, natural or artificial gum and bone can be grafted in the area. The grafting procedure increases the support that is necessary for a successful implant. Not only does grafting improve the success rate of the dental implant, it also improves the esthetic value. Properly shaped and positioned gum tissue will contribute to a more natural-looking result.

The best way to determine all of your options for successful dental implants is to schedule a consultation with our experienced implant dentist. Call Georgian Dental at 1.888.739.2975 for your appointment today.

 

Translate »