Are you thinking about getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth? You might be concerned about whether or not your implant will appear natural. Our Toronto dentists address this question today.
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 Capitol Dentistry, 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.
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 between stages - you're probably hoping for a natural-looking and feeling outcome!
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 permanently support the dental implant. The transplanted bone will increase the volume and density of your jaw in areas where bone loss has occurred. To ensure proper placement, the implant will be surgically placed by the dentist.
The dentist will then take dental impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fit tooth replacement. A bridge, crown, or denture will be attached to the implant as a tooth replacement. Because everyone's teeth are a slightly different shade, your dentist will make every effort 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 creates the crown, will influence how natural the dental implant appears.
Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Remember that you'll need to practice good oral hygiene and care for your implant the same way you would your natural teeth, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
A casual observer shoud be hard-pressed to tell the difference between your dental implant and your natural teeth once it has been placed and the tissue has healed.
Furthermore, replacing missing teeth will protect your oral and overall health by preventing natural teeth around the missing tooth from shifting to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. The dental implant will also preserve your facial structure, preventing the sunken appearance that can be caused by missing teeth.