Dentists have to make a lot of judgment calls. With a dental implant we need to determine which patients are good candidates for the procedure. At Allen Park Dental Care, implants have a high success rate when executed correctly.
Success depends on many factors.
An important decision is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Healthy gum tissue is also crucial. 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 strong foundation of bone and tissue. Receding gums should be treated prior to dental implant placement.
You may be a suitable 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 existing bone.
Receding gums should not be ignored. You may have gum disease or periodontitis. This is a pressing oral health problem on its own.