Receding Gums After Bridges

A dental bridge is a row of crowns that are next to each other, meant to replace more teeth or even entire arches of teeth. They can stand alone, they can be attached to other teeth, or can be removable, and can be fixed onto dental implants as well. They can be made of acrylic or metal, or even zirconium, but the outer layer- as with all crowns, regardless of their number- is always tooth coloured porcelain. But like all crowns, rows of crowns also have a very specific aesthetic problem.

The grey line

Gums and soft tissues tend to recede away from metals and foreign objects. While porcelain is not rejected outright by the body, the gums do tend to shy away from it. This is a problem for two reasons: one is that a grey line will show up between the crown and the gums, drawing attention to the fact that the owner is indeed wearing a crown, and is also unsightly. The other is that receding gums are unhealthy and can cause xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth to develop. The gums seem to just have a natural aversion to anything going in the mouth that is inorganic, and this is the root of the problem. There are several solutions, though.


Artificial gum: Bridges can come with an artificial gum base that can be coloured any colour of the rainbow. This means that you can get a piece of artificial resin attached to the bridge, and have that cover the space where the gum has receded away from the bridge.

Dental implants: Dental implants connect the bridge directly to the gums, and since they are in held in place by dental implants that are located in the jawbone, there is no place for the gum to recede. This method works sometimes, but sometimes it can also cause problems like inflammation of the gums.

Gum grafts: You can also get bits of your soft tissue removed from places where it is bountiful, and get a little bit of the gums grafted onto the area where it has receded from. These grafts are usually final, as the gums can only recede so much, and the extra gums will not be able to move away from where they are grafted to.

Ask your dentist which solution is best for you, and which solutions are available at all. Take a consultation to see if you are eligible for dental implants, fi your jaw can handle them, and if your gums are healthy enough o be grafted, and weigh the financial and health ramifications of your options.

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