Most people have heard of receding gums around teeth, but those with dental implants might wonder if the same can occur with dental implants. The answer is yes, gums can recede around dental implants. Only, when gums recede on dental implants, the implants will expose themselves instead of a tooth root. Gum recession with dental implants can look unaesthetic, make patients feel self-conscious, and even result in implant failure.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent gum recession.
What Causes Gum Recession?
It doesn’t matter if you have dental implants or natural teeth, gum recession still works the same. Some of the most common causes of gum recession include:
- Brushing too hard
- Poor oral hygiene
- Grinding and clenching teeth
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Hormone levels
The last reason you might have receding gums with dental implants is from poor placement of the dental implant or insufficient bone. If the implant is placed too close to the front of the gums, there isn’t enough tissue between the implant and the outside. This makes it easy to see the dental implant through the gums. This also occurs if the implant is too tilted. Eventually, the gums will recede. The gums will also recede if there isn’t enough bone and the implant was still placed. Without enough bone to hold it properly in place, it will cause the gums to recede.
How to Prevent Gum Recession with Dental Implants
If you have dental implants, it’s more important than ever to prevent gum recession because it can lead to implant failure. First and foremost, if you clench or grind your teeth at night, you need to religiously wear a nightguard to protect your implants. Not only can clenching and grinding lead to receding gums but also TMJ disorders which cause painful symptoms such as frequent headaches, jaw pain, and more. You can also prevent gum recession by using a soft toothbrush and not brushing too hard. We also recommend taking good care of your oral health. Good oral health prevents receding gums and prevents gum disease which can cause your implants to fail.
For best results, brush twice a day with an electric toothbrush (gently), floss once per day, visit the dentist every 6 months for a cleaning, use a tongue scraper, use receding gums mouthwash and toothpaste. We also recommend quitting smoking.
It’s also important to get your dental implants procedure from a qualified implant dentist like Dr. Kinsey in St. Augustine, FL. If you need dental implants, have receding gums, or would like to schedule your next dental cleaning, please contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment. Please call (904) 474-5444 to book an appointment today!