Do you have lost or missing teeth due to an injury or poor oral health? Regardless of why you’re missing teeth, dental implants can be an effective and attractive alternative to other solutions like bridges or dentures. But do dental implants match the look of your natural teeth? With advances in technology and high-quality prosthetics, no one will be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your implants.
If you’re missing teeth and are wondering whether dental implants are the right option for you, read on to learn more about how implants can look natural and provide a wide range of benefits for your overall oral health.
How do dental implants achieve a natural look?
Each component of a dental implant plays a part in how natural it looks in your mouth. Implants consist of a titanium screw or fixture that’s placed into the jawbone. Once you’ve healed from the placement, an abutment—a small, metal connecting piece—is screwed into the implant to hold the dental prosthesis in place. The dental prosthesis, or crown, is the only part of the implant that’s visible. Dr. Mike, will match the crown to your existing teeth in size, color and shape. Even the texture and translucency can be matched, so you can achieve the most natural look possible.
Other benefits of dental implants
Aside from their natural-looking appearance, dental implants offer a wide range of benefits you’ll experience almost immediately. Here are some of the primary reasons why people choose implants:
- Natural feel: In addition to looking natural, dental implants feel natural, too. As soon as you’ve adjusted to your implants, they’ll feel just like your original teeth. You can rest easy knowing your teeth will retain their natural feel every time you visit your Fioritto dentist for a checkup.
- Improved biting and chewing: People who wear dentures and bridges have to avoid certain foods due to lower bite force. They also have to be careful when chewing, which interferes with enjoyment of food. Since implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, they’re incredibly strong. With implants, you’ll bite and chew just like you used to.
- Prevents bone loss: When you’re missing teeth, your jawbone shrinks. While you may not notice this if you’re only missing one or two teeth, your jawbone can weaken if you’re missing most or all of your teeth. Once your implant(s) are in place, you won’t have to worry about losing jawbone density, preserving the appearance of not only your smile, but your entire face.
- Restores natural speech: Missing teeth can have an negative impact on your speech. Alternative solutions like dentures can slip and slide around, which can make holding a conversation difficult. Since implants function and feel like natural teeth, your speech will not be affected.
Wondering whether dental implants are the right solution for your missing teeth? Contact Dr. Mike and the team at Cleveland Implant Institute today. Call us today to learn more about our dental implant services or to schedule an appointment.