Implant tooth 8 receding gum

| May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Carol
(Rapid City, SD, USA)


I had an implant placed immediately after extraction of what was left of a tooth (it had died over 30 years ago and I had gone through 6 crowns.) After the last crown cracked at the base an implant was recommended.

I went to a dentist who specialized in cosmetic dentistry- thought he might be the best choice for a front tooth. He took X-ray and said the bone looked good. I wore a flipper 6 months and then had abutment and crown placed on it. The day the abutment was put on (6 months after extraction) the gum receded. The dentist removed some of the gum line from the surrounding teeth however I still have a very long tooth number 8.

Very unhappy with my smile, and I have learned to smile with tight lips so as to not expose my gums. Any suggestions for improving my smile? I did see a periodontist and he suggested a crown on front tooth next to 8 to match it- but then I would have 2 long front teeth. My smile is not great but I think it used to look a bit better than now.


Category: Problems After Restoration

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  1. sandydig says:

    Implant tooth #8
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    Thank you for including the picture, I can see what you are talking about. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to regenerate the growth of new gum tissue therefore gingival recession is permanent. The periodontist may be able to do a small tissue graft to cover some of the area where the tissue has recession.

    Another option would be to do the crown like he mentioned but this would be covering up a perfectly healthy tooth. If you want your natural tooth (#9) to appear the same length as #8 your dentist could use a laser and slightly trim the gums to be the same level as the tissue above #8. Just a suggestion, but again, there is nothing you can do to grow this tissue back if you do not like the results.

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