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Scott E. Keith, DDS, MS, FACP
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How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants


Posted on 6/10/2019 by Front Desk
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental ImplantsAfter you've had dental implants installed, you may notice that your gums actually change just a little bit. That's because the addition of implants may change your gum line, especially if you've been missing a tooth for some time. Your gums would have flattened over the area, but now that you've had an implant installed, the gums are going to have to adjust once again.

The Way the Dental Implant Is Installed Is Important

If your implant is installed an angle that's too forward, there can be some issues with how your gum adjusts. That's because this can place the implant's head too near to your lips. If this happens, your gums won't correctly cover the implant and it will end up looking like your gums are receding.

It's not a problem, and in some cases, there may be no other way to install the implant. We do our best to make certain that the implants are placed in the optimum location so that your gum line looks perfect.

Adjusting Over Time
Your gums aren't immediately going to adjust to your dental implants, especially if you lost the tooth a while ago and the gums have grown over the empty space. They should slowly adjust, and if the implant was placed correctly, your gum line will eventually look perfectly natural.

Another factor that can play a part in how long it takes your gums to adjust is how the tooth was extracted. We are very careful to remove teeth while keeping as much of your gums preserved as possible. The more of the gum we save, the more quickly it will adjust and look natural.

Everyone Is Different
Of course, every mouth we see is just a little different. While someone's gums may adjust quickly to an implant, someone else's may not. Give us a call to schedule an appointment if you're interested in dental implants, and we can answer any questions you may have about how your gums will adjust.




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