For this particular patient, not only is the patient missing some anterior (front) teeth but is also lacking the supporting bone along with the soft gum tissue. In cases where patients chooses NOT to restore the hard tissue (bone) and soft tissue (gum) by traditional means (i.e., surgery) then they can opt to receive an oral prosthesis made of one uniform material that mimics the teeth, gums, and the supporting bone. The gums is essentially “painted or stained” onto the oral prosthesis to restore the deficient areas to the correct anatomical position or location. As a result, the area of the oral prosthesis that is painted or stained to mimic the appearance of soft gum tissue has adapted the name, “pink porcelain” in implant dentistry.
Description: The shade of color for the "pink porcelain" can be adjusted to match any shade of color for the soft gum tissue for every patient despite the word, "pink" in the title. The above example is for demonstration purposes and to outline the area of the "pink porcelain" and the final color was later adjusted to better match the natural gum color of the patient.