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bone and gum grafting on outer side of implant

I had an implant done 4 months ago, recently found out no bone at all cover the outer side of my implant. I have two options:
1. take the implant out, which might damage adjacent tooth as implant was placed in a bad way. My implant is tooth #10, it is too close to
tooth #9

2. open the gum, do bone grafting on outer side of the implant, and do some gum grafting too, as the gum cover the outer side of the implant dose not grow. If do nothing now, when it is the time to place the implant crown, it is going to be ugly: gum line is too high, and gap between the implant crown and the adjacent tooth.

my questions is: for option 2, it looks like a temporary solution, do I need to repeat the same surgery every several years? or, what consequences I might get?
Because I has been told, if to bone graft on outer side of the implant, it is not live cell, the bone material won't
fuse with the implant. So, will the bone graft material worn away over years, and leave nothing between my implant and my gum?


I am still young, in my 30s. Thanks.
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It is difficult to say which option is better without a comprehensive aesthetic and periodontal examination.

Both modalities are viable options.  There are two separate points to consider.  The first is if the implant has healed within enough healthy bone to function over a long period.  The answer is multi-factorial.  The second and perhaps more important to you is how the final restoration will look with your current situation.

You should seek an in-office consultation with a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who performs anterior implant and bone grafting at least once a week.  Only an experience surgeon can give you the best possible outcome.

If done correctly, option two is not considered a "temporary solution."

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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I consulted with a periodontist who also do a lot implant, is this ok? or a oral surgeon a must to see before I make any decision? Thanks.
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