Bones, Gums & Implants: Finding A Healthy Balance

Bones, Gums & Implants: Finding A Healthy Balance
Posted on 12/20/2016

When Dr. Goldberg restores a smile with dental implants, the process involves more than just surgically placing the implants in the jawbone. He also takes into consideration the bone quality and the health of the gums that will surround the implants. In order to achieve the optimum result with dental implants which is a healthy smile that’s attractive, a balance must be struck between the implant itself and the health of the bones and gums.

Adequate Bone Structure is A ‘Must”

There must be an adequate amount of bone available to support the implant at both the site of the missing tooth and in the area around the neighboring teeth. Often, a patient who has put off replacing a missing tooth for a while has an inadequate amount of bone available to support the implant to achieve a final, natural appearance. Bone naturally deteriorates or shrinks when it is not getting the stimulation of biting forces from the tooth. Periodontal disease can also cause bone loss as can other dental conditions.

Gums Must Be Healthy Before Implants are Placed

The health of your gums as well as the type of gum tissue you’ve inherited, thick or thin, can also determine how natural your dental implants look. If you suffer from gum recession due to gum disease, your gums may not regenerate properly wherein your teeth may appear longer. Receding gums can also result in the noticeable lack of the natural triangular bit of gum tissue that appears between the teeth for a less than desirable result.

These types of problems can be minimized in a couple of ways. A neighboring tooth can be extracted to make room for the new implant while causing as little damage as possible to the gum tissue. Grafting material can be placed in the empty socket immediately after extracting the tooth if the dental implant is not scheduled to be placed right away. If bone loss has already occurred, a similar grafting procedure can be done to rebuild the bone.

When the issue is thin or diseased gums, special care must be taken before placing a dental implant. If the problem is periodontal or gum disease, the disease must be brought under control and the gums must be given adequate time to heal before the implant can be placed. For lost gum tissue, gum surgery can be done to restore the lost tissue and create a more natural appearance between the gums and the implant crown.

Interested in Monroe Township Dental Implants?

If you would like to replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants, we welcome you to our practice! Dr. Goldberg provides dental implants in Spotswood NJ to patients who would like to enjoy all the benefits that come with having replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Request an appointment with Dr. Goldberg today to get started on your journey toward the healthy and attractive smile you deserve!