Are you considering replacing missing teeth with a dental implant? You may be concerned about whether your implant will look natural. Today, our Moose Jaw dentists address this question.
Will my dental implant look like my natural teeth?
Patients who require dental implants often ask whether their tooth replacement will look natural, and similar to their existing teeth.
At Aspen Dental, 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 individuals needing implants for their front teeth, the appearance of the replacement teeth is a top priority. Since the healing process for this type of oral surgery can take several months between stages, it is understandable that you desire a result that looks and feels natural.
Our Moose Jaw dentists strive to provide assistance by answering questions, addressing concerns, and helping our patients understand what to expect in terms of the appearance and feel of implants.
How can you make my dental implant look as natural as possible?
Some patients will require a bone graft to ensure their jawbone is strong enough to support the dental implant permanently. The transplanted bone will add volume and density to your jaw in the area where bone loss has happened. The dentist will surgically place the implant to ensure proper placement.
Next, the dentist will take dental impressions of your teeth so a custom-fit tooth replacement can be made. The tooth replacement that's attached to 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 color, size and shape of your existing natural teeth.
For many people, the appearance of dental implants holds significant importance when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Various factors, such as the choice of materials for the tooth replacement and the expertise of the dental lab technician creating the crown, can greatly influence the natural look of the dental implant.
With proper care, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. It's crucial to maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, just as you would with your natural teeth.
Once your dental implant has been placed and the surrounding tissue has healed, it will be difficult for an observer to distinguish between the implant and your natural teeth.
Furthermore, replacing missing teeth not only enhances your appearance but also safeguards your oral and overall health. It prevents adjacent natural teeth from shifting and filling the gap left by the missing tooth. Additionally, dental implants help preserve your facial structure, preventing the sunken appearance that can occur due to missing teeth.