At The Sugar House Dentist in Salt Lake City, we have to make a lot of judgment calls. As a case in point, we have to establish which patients are good candidates for dental implant surgery.
Generally speaking, dental implants have a very high success rate, but before committing to it there are things we must consider.
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 durable foundation of bone and tissue. Receding gums should be treated prior to dental implant placement.
If you are thinking about a dental implant but have receding gums, there are some options. You may be a candidate for soft tissue grafts, which augment your existing gums. If the soft tissue grafting is successful, you may be able to support a dental implant.
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