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.
We understand that you may be concerned or nervous about getting a dental implant, but we want to put your mind at ease: dental implants are designed to look and feel very similar to your natural teeth.
The aesthetic aspects of replacement teeth may be one of the most important concerns for patients who require implants for their front teeth. After all, this oral surgery typically requires months of healing time between stages, so you'll want the final result to look and feel natural!
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.
How Can You Make My Dental Implant Look As Natural As Possible?
Some patients will require a bone graft to ensure that their jawbone is strong enough to support the dental implant permanently. The transplanted bone will add volume and density to your jaw in areas where bone loss has occurred.The implant will be surgically placed by the dentist to ensure proper placement.
The dentist will then take dental impressions of your teeth so that a custom-fit tooth replacement can be created. A bridge, crown, or denture will be attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Because everyone's teeth are a slightly different shade, your dentist will take care to match the colour, size, and shape of your existing natural teeth.
For many people, one of the most important reasons for replacing missing teeth is the aesthetic aspect of dental implants. Every aspect, from the material used to replace the tooth to the lab technician who makes the crown, influences how natural the dental implant appears.
Dental implants, when properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Keep in mind that you'll need to practice good oral hygiene and care for your implant just like you would your natural teeth, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
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.
Furthermore, replacing missing teeth will 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' appearance that can result from missing teeth.