Receding Gums: Are Dental Implants Still an Option?

Dental implantThere’s something about the fascinating and dynamic nature of the tooth implant that makes it one of the most successful offerings in modern dentistry. As research and technology continue to evolve, the implant can serve the needs of virtually any patient, even those with less than perfect periodontal health.

It is impossible to enjoy a successful implant without a healthy and strong relationship between the jaw bone, the gums, and the implant post. How, then, can implants be a viable option when you have receding gums or other evidence of gum disease?

Your periodontist, armed with an intimate knowledge of all of the tissues that support the teeth, can perform the surgical and nonsurgical procedures that will make your artificial tooth replacement more successful. Many of the consequences of periodontal disease, though once thought to be irreversible, can be effectively combated with the professional services offered by your periodontal expert.

With the right treatment and your personal commitment to protect your own oral health, you can recover from receding gums, bone loss, and tooth loss to enjoy strong and permanent replacement teeth. To make your tooth implant a reality, your periodontist will perform an oral exam to check for signs of disease and structural irregularities and then recommend the necessary treatment solutions.

To arrest active gum disease and reduce bacterial toxins, your treatment may include nonsurgical procedures such as scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, and ongoing periodontal maintenance. The nonsurgical approach will also include an assessment of your general health to identify any health factors that would influence your risk for gum disease.

To reconstruct lost bone volume and restore receding gums, surgical procedures can render highly effective results. Periodontal surgery can be used to reduce the depth of periodontal pockets and eliminate diseased tissues. The revolutionary Guided Tissue Regeneration procedure offers a remarkable solution for receding gums, as it promotes the growth of healthy, new gum tissue in areas of recession and bone loss.

If your desire is to replace your missing teeth, don’t be deterred by receding gums. Contact our periodontal team today to explore your choices.

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