Do Dental Implants Mimic the Natural Tooth Structure?

Do Dental Implants Mimic the Natural Tooth Structure?

Jun 17, 2014

Dental implants are the only form of tooth replacement that have both a root portion and a visible portion that serves for biting and chewing. In this way, they are structured very much like your original teeth. This provides numerous benefits over other forms of tooth replacement, from a more natural-looking smile to a healthier jawbone.

If you have lost one or more teeth, implant dentistry can provide a natural-looking, long-lasting replacement.

Choosing Dental Implants

If you have lost one or more teeth, implant dentistry can provide a natural-looking, long-lasting replacement. Anyone can be a good candidate for implant surgery, regardless of age or number of teeth lost. However, several factors should be considered before you decide on implants. These factors can affect the long-term success of your implants because they can affect how thoroughly and successfully you heal after surgery.

  • Overall health
  • Presence of systemic problems
  • Presence of autoimmune disorders
  • Existing gum disease
  • Treatment with certain drugs for osteoporosis
  • Smoking

All these factors can slow your healing. Poor healing can keep the jawbone from integrating properly with the implant, which means the new tooth will not be properly attached. If an implant fails in this way, the only way to repair it is to remove it and start over.

How Implants Work

Implants consist of a titanium root that is placed directly in the tooth root. It is shaped much like a screw. As the bone heals around it, it integrates with the titanium, creating a bond that helps the implant remain in place and also helps keep the jawbone actively growing.

Because this healing process is so important, you’ll usually wait some time before having the visible portion of your new teeth put in place. Once the dentist is certain the implants have healed successfully, the prosthetic teeth are secured with abutments—a portion of the implant that protrudes above the gums. You’re now equipped with your brand new smile. You’ll continue to brush and floss as usual, and you’ll visit your dentist at Newton Dental Group at regular intervals to assess your oral health. With regular maintenance and care, you can expect your implants to be with you for a very long time.