Dental implants: How natural will my new teeth look and feel?
An increasing number of patients are turning to dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and there are many reasons for them to take advantage of this recent development in dental technology.
Among all of the tooth replacement options, which also include bridges and dentures, dental implants are the optimal choice for replicating the form and function of natural teeth. Dental implants blend in with the line and look of your natural smile. The artificial tooth caps placed atop the implant are crafted to a particular patient’s characteristics, in terms of shade and shape. Unless you tell people the location of the dental implant, they are unlikely to pick out the replacement tooth from the rest of the teeth in your smile.
If you’re looking for a tooth replacement that feels like it’s your own, dental implants are a good option, as well. A dental implant anchors the artificial tooth cap in place, reducing the likelihood that it will shift or slip while you are eating or speaking.
In fact, after the dental implant has fully healed, you may not even remember that it’s there! Beyond the appearance and feel of the implants, your new “tooth” will function in a very similar fashion to a natural tooth. The dental implant itself will osseointegrate, or become assimilated into the bone, which helps it to mimic the missing tooth’s root. This process helps to prevent further resorption of the jaw bone in the vicinity of the missing tooth.
A dental implant also preserves neighboring teeth that are still healthy. On the other hand, a fixed permanent bridge would require that those teeth be shaved down to accommodate crowns. In addition to their superior performance, the process of placing dental implants appeals to many patients. Oral surgeons can place the dental implants in a common outpatient surgical procedure. Dental implants offer a number of benefits to patients. Talk with our San Diego oral surgeon to see if dental implants are a good solution to replace a missing tooth or teeth.