I recently got dental implants. The gums by those are grayish. Am I getting an infection? I feel fine, but want to be proactive.
It doesn’t sound like you have to worry about an infection. The signs for that are generally pain, fever, discharge, fever, or a noticeably loose implant. It sounds more like your dentist neglected to take your gum thickness into consideration when planning your dental implant placement.
If someone has thinner gum tissue it is very easy for the implant to show through in a foggy grayish sort of look. To prevent this an implant dentist can do one of two things:
- Angle placement in a way that hides the metal implant from showing through
The experience of your implant dentist makes a huge difference. In order to have a great outcome, you need to utilize a dentist who has invested in serious post-doctoral study in implantology. Dental school isn’t enough. For instance, Dr. Murphree studied extensively under Pete Dawson of the Dawson Academy. This is the kind of education which helps dentists understand how placement will affect esthetics.
- Using non-metal implants
Sometimes, it is in the patient’s best interest to use a non-metal implant, such as zirconia implants. These are white and won’t show through like their titanium counterparts.
In your position, I’d see an expert implant and cosmetic dentist to see what options you have to fix this.
Getting Beautiful Dental Implant Crowns
I mentioned above that you’d want a dentist with exceptional training in the dental implant procedure. Another consideration is their cosmetic skill. It’s great to have useful teeth again, but if they’re unattractive, you won’t be too keen to smile and show them off.
It is not always easy for a patient to know which dentists create beautiful work and which are just average (or worse). One way to give yourself an edge is to check the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend highly skilled cosmetic dentists who can give you a gorgeous smile. You can feel confident in their recommended dentists.
One other tip: Only natural tooth structure responds to teeth whitening. If you plan on upgrading your smile with whitening, make sure you do it before your implant crown is designed. This way it can be made to match your brighter color. If you don’t, you’ll either end up with mismatched teeth or you’ll have to replace the crown after whitening.
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