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 performed 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 sturdy foundation of bone and tissue. Detached gums should be treated prior to dental implant placement.
You may be an appropriate 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 counsel bone grafting surgery in addition to the soft tissue grafts. This procedure augments natural bone.
Receding gums should not be ignored. You may have gum disease or periodontitis. This is a serious 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. Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also on healthy gums. Talk to your dentist about treating gum recession to restore oral health.