The visit to the dentist for most persons is to clean, fill decayed teeth and the very best to maintain good oral health. Another set of persons are concerned about that bad tooth that is chipped, or teeth which are discolored needing to improve their image which is at times linked to their self-confidence. Many procedures are done to provide that cosmetic aesthetics and many more to ensure functionality of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. There are times that with the undertaking of these procedures which have been done to help and to protect the integrity of a patient’s teeth, one is confronted with a complication or two. This is the case with dental implants.
What are implants?
Dental implants are tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line enabling the mounting of replacement teeth or bridges.1 Implants provide a solution to the filling of space(s) in the mouth compared to the contemporary dentures and bridges which are uncomfortable and are moveable. In contrast, implants are secured to the jawbone and provide sturdy support of artificial teeth, allowing for more natural speech and eating.
What are the risks with dental implants?
The potential risks of dental implants include gum recession, infection at the place of implant, nerve damage, sinus problems and damage to the surrounding structures. Frightening as these may sound, only a small percentage of patients experience one of these listed issues.
Gum recession happens when the tissue of the gum line moves back exposing more of the teeth and at its worst the root of the tooth. Recession of the gums may result from2
- Improper oral care can encourage the development of gum disease where the gums become infected. As a result, the gums recede causing pockets around the tooth to develop. A visit to Dr. Vadivel T Kumar’s office of Implants and Gumcare will provide the necessary help needed for recession of the gum line.
- Brushing aggressively with a hard toothbrush will wear away the delicate gum tissue.
- Some persons have a genetic predisposition to gum recession even with great oral care.
- Tobacco users over time develop more sticky plaque which result in the receding gum line. Frequent visits to the dentist for cleaning may slow down the effects of tobacco. Quitting is usually the best and safest option.
- Teeth grinding puts pressure on the gums and the teeth leading to gum recession. There is no cushion as is found at the base of the tooth naturally when biting. Give Implants and Gumcare a call on 817-756-8578 and you will be given the best advice on how to address teeth grinding most especially if you’ve had a dental implant.
Persons with receding gum lines in their genetic history may have thin gums. These individuals may have complaints of greying under the gum where implants were positioned. At times when the gums recede, so do the bones where there are dental implants.3 This may cause further damage to the bone or even displace the dental implant.
The periodontist or dental specialist would have taken into consideration the positioning of the implant, the shape of the implant as well as that of the crown where the patient’s gum is thin. The color of the implant is also taken into consideration as well as putting pieces of the gum from the palate to help to give a more robust and healthy looking gum line.
To help to resolve the problem of gum recession, the dentist may apply a soft tissue graft as explained earlier, where a piece of flesh from the roof of the mouth is sewn to the site where the root is exposed. This is one of the solutions that is provided by the team at Implants and Gumcare whose offices are in Carrollton, TX or Grapevine, TX.
What is the best way to prevent gum recession?
Persons with dental implants may see the gum receding after quite some time after the implant is put in and the mouth has healed from the procedure. To prevent or reduce gum recession the following steps may be taken:
- Use soft bristled toothbrushes when brushing teeth
- Maintain good oral care by brushing twice daily, flossing everyday and ensuring that you visit your dentist or periodontist at least twice a year.
- If the teeth are misaligned or there is grinding of the teeth, ensure that you visit Implants and Gumcare a call for solutions – www.implantsgumcare.com.
- If there is a tendency for gums to recede, visits to the dentist or periodontist are more frequent as they will be able to monitor and ensure that the gum is healthy.
- If you are a smoker – quit smoking.
- Eat a balanced diet
- Always monitor for changes in your mouth.