I Got Implants and Now My Gums are Turning Gray!

I have had a couple teeth missing for a long time and finally moved forward (after much hesitancy) with getting dental implants. I kept reading all these dental implant horror stories and I really just felt reluctant. Well, what do you know… It has only been about a month since they were placed and now the gums around the implants are turning gray. I can see the discoloration when I smile. Do you know what is going on? Is this normal in any way or was this bad materials or something?

– Richard in Oregon


When the soft tissue turns another color, it is understandable that you may be concerned. But rest assured, this is not an uncommon occurrence. It very well could be that the darkened color is due to a portion of the implant showing through the gums. If the area around the implant is too thin, you will sometimes see the collar of the implant. It is also possible that the implant wasn’t placed at the correct depth and the titanium material that the implant is made out of could be visible along the gums. If this is the case, you may also experience the receding of your gums too. Contact your implant dentist and ask about the possibility of a soft tissue graft. This will help to thicken the soft tissues that surround the gums. Or it may also be possible that the oral surgeon can change out the implant top portion from titanium to Zirconia. Zirconia implants are the same color as a tooth so it would help to remedy the gray color that you are seeing when you smile. This is a possibility as long as the permanent crown has not been placed to date.

Contact your dentist and go back in for an examination so it can be confirmed that you are not experiencing any bone loss or that there isn’t something else going on. He or she may also have some other cosmetic dentistry recommendations to help with the aesthetics of the implant. You should be proud to show off your new smile. Implants should not only look and feel like your natural teeth, but function like them too.

With all the dental implant horror stories out there of substandard materials being used, implants becoming loose, or falling out, it is understandable that you are concerned.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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