The shrinking of your gums, also commonly referred to as gum recession, can have an effect on your dental implants. There are various reasons that gum recession may occur, including but not limited to…
- The use of mouthwash with alcohol in the formula
- Vigorous and extensive brushing of the teeth and gums with a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Previous dental work such as root canals
- Grinding of the teeth, or having an uneven bite
- Multiple types of harmful bacteria
There are a variety of different health-related issues surrounding gum recession. The dangerous bacteria can find its way into your bloodstream and increase the risks for heart and respiratory diseases, as well as many other illnesses. Consult your dentist to figure out what is causing the problem, and to come up with a concise plan of action to prevent, or reverse the damage.
Ways That Gum Recession Can Directly Affect Your Dental Implants
Thin gums can lead to the post of the implant being gray and visibly apparent through the gum. It is unsightly, and rather than helping your self-confidence, it may hinder it. Extensive recession can lead to threads of the implant becoming exposed, also leaving you with an unappealing look. Your dentist may have to perform additional surgeries, grafts, and other treatments to get your smile back to its former glory.
Gum recession can present itself in a mild or more severe form. Inflamed and irritated gums, may be a kind of gum disease attempting to show itself, which can lead to your gums shrinking and eventually affecting your implants. Talk to your dentist about proper dental hygiene techniques to help maintain your health, and with any luck, it will keep the effects of gum recession at bay.
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