I’m a little worried I have some type of infection. I love my dental implants and they’re strong, but the gums around the implants seem to be turning a gray color. Am I developing an infection?
If you had an infection, you’d likely be experiencing some fever, pain, or discharge. You didn’t mention any of those. If any of those do creep up, it would be considered a dental emergency and you’d need to contact your dentist right away if you want a chance at saving your implants.
It’s more likely the depth of placement of your dental implants is the problem. If you have thin gum tissue, combined with metal (titanium) implants, it’s very likely the gray of the metal is showing through. This is especially true if your dentist didn’t consider your gum depth with placement.
If the implants are not properly placed, it can lead to gum recession. Just to be certain and to put your mind at ease about an infection, I’m going to recommend you get a second opinion by a skilled implant dentist.
Dental Implants with Thin Gums
These days, you don’t have to get the titanium implants. Zirconia is now being used with dental implants quite successfully. Their nickname is ceramic steel because they are so strong. You should have no problems with them holding up.
Not all dentists are comfortable placing them so you may have to call around. Because they’re white and metal-free, you don’t have to worry about them showing through thin gums.
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