We get a lot of questions about whether you can have a bridge if you have receding gums. 

And the answer is no. Surgery is the only way to fix receding gums, so if your dentist tells you that they can build a bridge with receding gums, then you’re lying!

You cannot have a bridge with receding gums.

To fix your receding gums, you will need to undergo surgery. There are several options from which you can choose:

Dentures. If you want something that is more affordable and less invasive than implants, dentures may be the way to go for you. 

They are removable and can be taken out when eating, speaking, or laughing (but not necessarily all at once). 

Dentures are false teeth that fit over the remaining natural teeth in your mouth and are held in place by clasps on either side. 

They’re not permanent replacements like implants; they will have to be replaced every 5-10 years or so depending on how they’re cared for during their lifespan (you’ll probably have to buy new ones after about 10 years). 

However, if having a friendly smile is essential enough for you, this option might be worth considering since it doesn’t involve any significant changes or procedures other than getting fitted with new dentures every few years…

The only way to fix receding gums is surgery.

If you’re experiencing receding gums, surgery is the only way to fix it. Your dentist will consult with a periodontist, who will do the gum graft. The dentist will create your new bridge after the periodontist has permission to proceed.

If you have gum recession, the bridge will not work.

A bridge will not work if you have gum recession unless it is a small amount and you do not mind the resulting gap. 

You may need to have your teeth extracted and implants placed instead if they are available in your area or if your dentist feels this is the best option.


So now you know that if you have receding gums and want to get a bridge, it will not work.

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