How to Avoid Gum Recession When Getting Dental Implants

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Dental implants have had a significant impact on the world of tooth replacement. They are a reliable, long-lasting solution for those who are missing one or more teeth. While this option has a very high success rate, there is a slight risk of complications. One of the most common complications is gum recession.

Dr. Byron Scott at Springhill Dental Health Center in Mobile, AL, specializes in implant placement and will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome.  In this article, we’ll explain more about how to avoid gum recession when getting Dental Implants. We’ll also explore the most common causes of gum recession and some prevention tips.

What is the Gum Recession?

Gum recession, often referred to as gingival recession, is a process in which the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth or dental implant, which exposes the tooth root or the implant post. There are several factors that can cause or contribute to gum recession, including:

Poor Oral Hygiene

The primary cause of gum recession is poor oral hygiene habits. Failure to practice proper oral hygiene habits leads to the accumulation of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. This causes gum irritation and, ultimately, recession. If dental implants are placed in patients with poor oral hygiene, the risk of complications including gum recession increases.

Aggressive Brushing

Many patients believe that it's best to use a firm-bristled toothbrush and aggressive brushing to keep teeth clean. However, when you brush aggressively or with a firm-bristled toothbrush, you may cause damage to the gum tissues, which can cause or worsen gum recession. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle brushing techniques.


In some cases, gum recession is congenital. Patients with a family history of gum recession are more likely to experience it themselves.

Implant Placement

The positioning of the dental implant plays a major role in gum health. If the implant is not placed properly or is too close to the surface, the risk of gum recession increases.

Inadequate Bone Support

The health and density of the jawbone can impact the stability and appearance of dental implants. If there is not enough bone support, it can lead to gum recession and, ultimately, implant failure.

Tips for Preventing Gum Recession When Getting Dental Implants

There are a few things that you can do to prevent gum recession when getting dental implants, including:

Work with a Skilled Implantologist

While some general dentists and oral surgeons can perform dental implant surgery, it's best to work with a skilled implantologist. These dental professionals are specifically trained in the proper placement and care/maintenance of dental implants. A skilled professional will take the time to assess your personal situation to ensure that the placement of your implants has a low risk of gum recession.

Practice Proper Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is critical at all times, especially before, during, and after dental implant placement. Proper brushing and flossing as well as regular dental check-ups can reduce the risk of gum disease and gum recession.

Gentle Brushing

A soft-bristled toothbrush and proper brushing techniques can reduce the risk of gum recession and damage to the implants. If you’re not sure what to do, ask your dentist or hygienist for tips on proper brushing.

Dental Check-Ups

Regular dental visits- at least every 6 months- are critical for your oral health. These visits allow the dentist to examine your mouth to check for any signs of problems. Early detection is the best way to prevent gum recession.

Periodontal Care

If you have a personal or family history of gum disease and/or gum recession, it’s a good idea to consult with a periodontist. They will be able to create a custom treatment plan to improve and maintain the health of your gums and dental implants.

Bone Augmentation

If your jawbone doesn’t have the density to support dental implants, bone augmentation can strengthen it and reduce the risk of gum recession.

Quit Smoking

Smoking significantly increases a patient’s risk of gum recession. Smoking cessation can improve oral and overall health and reduce the risk of oral health complications including gum recession and implant failure.

Proper Placement of Implants

A skilled implantologist will ensure that the dental implants are properly placed, which creates a natural appearance and reduces the risk of complications.

Soft Tissue Grafts

If gum recession is a concern- or has already started- soft tissue grafts can restore and protect gum tissue.


The best way to avoid issues is to be aware of the potential risks/complications. Discuss these with your implantologist for tips on how to mitigate risks.

Springhill Dental Health Center Can Guide Your Implant Experience

Dental implants are an ideal solution for tooth loss. However, while this treatment does have a high success rate, complications may occur. One of the most common complications is gum recession. However, there are steps that you can take to mitigate this risk and improve your chances of a successful experience. Dr. Scott at Springhill Dental Health Center can help you through your implant experience.

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My visit was incredible. I had my “All on Four” appliances cleaned, and it was a painless and thorough experience. Dr. Scott and all his staff are very friendly. During the cleaning, Mary was gentle and let me know everything she was doing and how it would feel. She gave me tips on how to clean my implants/appliances better and gave me a small brush to do the underside more effectively. Dr. Scott and Mary suggest cleanings take place every 3 months so I will be back in December.

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Meet Dr. Byron C. Scott

Dr. Byron Scott is a highly-trained and accomplished dentist. He attended The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and subsequently completed numerous Advanced Studies and Trainings. Dr. Scott is Board-Certified by The Academy of General Dentistry and has earned Mastership status (MAGD), an honor shared by only 1% of dentists. He has numerous memberships and associations, including Diplomate status with The American Board of Oral Implantology (D-ABOI) and The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (D-ICOI). Overall, Dr. Scott has dedicated his life and career to helping patients improve their oral health through expert dentistry. His goal is to help each patient keep their smile healthy, attractive, and comfortable for the duration of their lifetime.

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