If you get dental implants, it’s at least partly because you are hoping for a highly cosmetic restoration for a missing tooth. But what if your gums turn gray, brown, or black after dental implants? This is a possible complication, but it’s not a concern except from a cosmetic standpoint, and there are options to fix the problem.

What Causes Gray Gums

dreamstime_s_42921529If your gums look gray, brown, or black after receiving dental implants, your first thought may be that you have a serious infection or reaction to the dental implant. This is not normally the case. Most of the time, this is just caused by your gums allowing the gray metal of the dental implant to show through. This may be the result of receding gums–which could be caused by gum disease, or it may be because your gums are naturally thin or translucent. It may or may not need treatment. Only a dentist will be able to tell the difference.

On rare occasions, there is a kind of gum disease called necrotising periodontal disease that can cause your gums to turn gray or even black. This type of gum disease can be very serious, but, as we said, it’s rare. If grayness is spreading or looks unhealthy, you should talk to a dentist about it.

Restoring Gray Gums

If you are unhappy with gray gums after dental implants, there are many potential solutions. If the cause is gum disease, treating the disease will not only resolve the problem, it will protect your dental implant. If your gums are thin or translucent, a gum graft can be used to cover the area.

Another option is that we can replace your metal dental implants with ceramic ones. Because these are white, they blend in with your natural teeth even better than other types of dental implants. Although they are new, they seem to be just as effective and reliable as metal dental implants.

If you are unhappy with gray gums around your dental implants and are looking for a solution, please call 310-275-5325 for an appointment with a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist at Ravon Knopf.