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Gum disease + implants: I have four very loose teeth on the bottom front.

I have been advised to have implants. However, the reason my teeth are loose is that the gum is receding.

I have outbreaks of gum disease from time to time when my gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Will the gum continue to recede after the implants?

In which case, will the posts eventually stand proud of the gum - a look I don't relish! ... Visitor from London, United Kingdom

Gums do not keep teeth from being loose.

What you are actually seeing is the amount of bone loss you have had. Gum tissue merely "follows" the bone. It is the bone and periodontal ligaments inside the socket that keep teeth tight.

Advanced gum disease destroys bone, destroys the ligaments and, lastly, destroys the gum tissue than can be seen.

Implants are the perfect solution for replacing teeth that have been ravaged by gum disease. The extraction process should remove all infected tissue.

Bone grafts and soft tissue grafts will help to grow new healthy tissue while the implants become imbedded or osseointegrated with the jawbone. Once fully healed, the crowns or bridge are mounted onto the implants.

If you take excellent care of your teeth afterwards, you shouldn't have any problems. Implanted teeth have to be keep clean and free of bacteria just like normal teeth.

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