How Closely Do Dental Implants Resemble a Natural Tooth?

 

photodune-7029955-dental-implant-xs-300x214Have you lost a tooth? Are you looking for a natural-looking prosthetic to replace lost teeth? If so, dental implants may be your best option for achieving restored oral function and filling in the gaps of a smile. When compared to other prosthetics, dental implants provide a number of advantages—especially when it comes to maintaining an attractive looking smile.

What materials make up dental implants?

Dental implants have two major components, a titanium rod, which will replace the roots of teeth, and a manmade crown that replaces the visible surface of teeth. Titanium is ideal for constructing the implant’s rod because this metal is biocompatible with the body. After the implant is surgically embedded into the jawbone, the bone surrounding the rod will fuse to and around the implant, thus securing it permanently in place. The crown, on the other hand, can be made from a number of materials such as durable metals like gold or natural looking materials like ceramics.

When it comes to achieving the most natural look possible, patients typically choose crowns made from all ceramic or porcelain fused over metal. Ceramics look very similar to biological teeth because they can match the shade of neighboring teeth and reflect light.

What are some of the benefits of dental implants?

Implants provide unique benefits when compared to traditional tooth replacement methods. One reason implants are unique to other prosthetics is the fact that they replace both a tooth’s roots and its crown, whereas prosthetics such as dentures only replace visible tooth structure. Additionally, implants are not removable and are durable enough to be treated like biological teeth. This means that patients will brush and floss their teeth as normal.

How do I know if implants are right for me?

While implants are one of the best options for replacing teeth, they are not right for every patient. This is why those considering their tooth replacement options should schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon to see if they are a candidate for this procedure.

To schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our skilled team of oral surgeons, contact any of our convenient locations today.