Recession and Swelling of Gum Around Implant
Recession and Swelling of Gum Around Implant:
I had a bone graft and dental implant done on my front right tooth in 2010. I did not start smoking until several months after the healing process was complete. I began smoking cigars heavily and immediately quit smoking when I noticed the gum recession occurring throughout my mouth.
The recession was occurring in the length of the gum as well as the thickness of the gum covering the roots of the teeth. In the past two weeks I have quit smoking and noticed my gums starting to heal up, however, it does not seem like the gums are healing up on the front and back side of the dental implant tooth(possibly more recession is still occurring?). There is also swelling on top of the gum where the metal post is located underneath the gum.The gum is currently receded to where the whole part of the "tooth" is exposed but not to where the metal post is visible.
What should I be concerned about? What can I do to help it heal up? I have been cleaning my teeth religiously since I noticed the recession (2 weeks) brushing 3x a day, using mouthwash and floss.