How Dental Implants Compare to Your Natural Teeth
Patients who require dental implants are often concerned that the implant will not look similar to their natural teeth. Our dentists are here to set the record straight.
At Redwood Dental Centre, we understand you may have concerns or be nervous about getting a dental implant, but we want to help set your mind at ease – dental implants are designed to look and feel very similar to your natural teeth.
Especially for those who require implants for their front teeth, the aesthetic aspects of replacement teeth are definitely a main concern. Since this oral surgery typically needs months to heal between stages, you likely want the results to be what you had in mind.
Whenever we can, we like to help answer questions, address concerns, and help our patients set expectations about what life with implants will be like and how they will look and feel.
Natural-Looking Dental Implants
Your dentist will take dental impressions of your teeth so a custom-fit tooth replacement can be made. The tooth replacement that is placed on the implant will be a bridge, crown, or denture. Since each person's teeth are a slightly different shade, your dentist will take care to match the colour, size and shape of your existing natural teeth.
To many people, the aesthetic aspect of dental implants is one of the most important reasons for replacing missing teeth. Every characteristic from the material the tooth replacement is made of to the lab tech making the crown will impact how natural the dental implant appears.
Dental implants can last a lifetime if they are given the proper care and attention. Keep in mind that you'll need to maintain excellent oral hygiene for this to happen. This means brushing and flossing twice a day, as well as regular visits to the dentist.
By the time your dental implant has been placed and the tissue has healed, a casual observer will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between your dental implant and your natural teeth.
Plus, replacing missing teeth will also protect your oral and overall health by preventing surrounding natural teeth from shifting to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. The dental implant will also preserve your facial structure, preventing the 'sunken' look that can result from missing teeth.