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Gum Tissue around implant turning gray: I had an implant on my second to last back tooth over three years ago. After about 6 months, the gum all around the implant turned gray and there was minor sensitivity.

I had a biopsy done at that time which was fine. It is now bothering me again and I am hoping that it is just from grinding my teeth. I have seen a dentist again and the x-rays despite the fact that it is still gray.

The dentist and surgeon said they had never seen the graying happen before (which was not what I wanted to hear).

I am now having the sensitivity again. If I have to have it removed, what is the procedure? Will it be as painful as getting the implant? ...Visitor from NJ

I have also not seen "graying" around the area of an implant. When the tissue is thin we often see the metal through the tissue which has a gray or bluish hue but I must imagine that this is not what you are referring to here or your dentist and oral surgeon would have advised you of this obvious diagnosis.

As far as the removal of an implant, the procedure is similar to the initial placement; perhaps more technique sensitive, and I would not consider it unless we are pretty certain that any sensitivity or discomfort is due to the implant.

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