Some people worry about getting an implant to replace their missing tooth because they think it will look out of place or be noticeably different from the rest of their teeth. Don’t put off a beautiful, healthy smile because of concerns like this. Implants are made to fit in with your natural teeth. In fact, implants feel and look so natural that you won’t be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and the implant.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. They are a very effective treatment, and with proper dental care, can last a lifetime.
An implant is placed in the jawbone and over time fuses with the bone to create strong and permanent support for the replacement tooth, known as a crown. The crown is made to fit in with your natural teeth — even the color is carefully matched so it blends in.
Here is a perfect example of how we treated our patients with dental implants. In the before and after pictures, you’ll see in the lower row that the implant fits in seamlessly with the rest of the patient’s teeth.
Implants have additional advantages besides a natural look and feel, such as:
- Improved dental health: Gaps caused by missing teeth can lead to issues such as periodontal disease or cause the teeth next to the gap to shift out of place. Implants support your natural teeth and jawbone.
- Ease of care: Unlike dentures, implants are cared for just like your natural teeth. You can maintain your implants by brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups.
- Long-lasting: If cared for properly, implants can last a lifetime. You won’t have to worry about replacing them, as is the case with dentures. They are a secure and permanent solution that will give you the confidence to smile freely.
If you would like to discuss how implants can benefit your dental needs, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.