Dentists have to make a lot of judgment calls. Implant dentists are no exception. A dental implant specialist must identify which patients are good candidates for implant surgery. At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, dental implants have a high success rate.
A key consideration before moving forward with a dental implant procedure is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Healthy gum tissue is also vital. Without healthy gum tissue, the implant wouldbe partially exposed. This isn’t ideal for the implant or the crown it supports.
An implant needs a stable foundation of bone and tissue. Loose gums should be treated prior to dental implant placement.
You may be an appropriate candidate for soft tissue grafts. Tissue grafts augment existing gum tissue. If the 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 advise 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 serious oral health problem on its own.
At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, we look check your gum health during every general and family dentistry checkup. We also provide dental implants and many other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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