Do Gums Grow Around Dental Implants?

If you have missing teeth, you may be considering getting dental implants in NE Calgary. Dental implants are thought to be the ideal replacement for missing teeth because they mimic both the function and appearance of natural teeth. If you are thinking about getting this dental restoration, you naturally will have many questions about what to expect. In this blog post, our team at Totally Dental tells you all you need to know about dental implants near you.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace your tooth root, and it takes several months to heal from this surgical placement. During this time, your implant will go through the process of osseointegration, where it fuses to the implant. Sometimes, your gums can grow over your dental implant post before you can get your replacement tooth. For this reason, your dentist will place an abutment or temporary crown over the implant to ensure the tissue does not grow over the implant during healing.

Once your mouth has healed from implant placement, your dentist in NE Calgary will place your permanent, custom-designed dental crown over the implant post to complete your restoration.

Dental Implants and Receding Gums

While most patients do not experience any complications when they get dental implants from a state-of-the-art dental clinic in NE Calgary, some patients experience issues with thin or receding gum tissue following implant placement.

Gum recession is a condition in which the gums pull back from the teeth, revealing their roots and causing tooth sensitivity while making the patient more prone to tooth infection and decay.

As mentioned above, this is a relatively rare complication when the implant is placed properly, and the patient is a good candidate for dental implant placement. A good dentist near you will screen you for dental implant candidacy before allowing you to move forward with the treatment.

To be an ideal candidate for dental implants, you will need to have a strong jawbone and healthy gum tissue. If you do not have enough jawbone to hold the dental implants, then your implant will likely fail. Additionally, if your gum tissue is not healthy, it will be difficult to heal without complications after implant placement. Luckily, if you do not meet the requirements for dental implants, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can never be a good candidate for this innovative dental restoration. Speak to your dentist about options for gum disease treatment to get your gums healthy and bone grafting to build your jawbone up enough to work as an adequate anchor for dental implants. Once your mouth is in healthy condition, you can benefit from dental implants like anyone else.

Visit Totally Dental

If you are experiencing any gum issues after getting a dental implant placed or are interested in learning more about if you are a candidate for dental implants, please do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team of dental professionals at Totally Dental. We are happy to provide you with high-quality dental care to ensure that you maintain optimal oral health and a stunning smile for years to come. Please get in touch with us to book your consultation today!


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