If you are considering dental implants, you likely have some questions about how these prosthetics work and what to expect during the treatment process. Dental implants have had a meteoric rise in popularity due to their longevity, durability, and biocompatibility with the oral health system. When tooth-colored restorations are attached to dental implants, patients will enjoy a very lifelike replacement tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
While these prosthetics make for excellent replacement teeth, they are still a relatively new concept to the general public. If you are curious about dental implants, we recommend researching further about this treatment option and calling our practice to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our implant dentist.
What does a dental implant look like?
A dental implant resembles a screw. It has a ridged texture, a tapered end, and a wider base with an abutment for securing restorations like crowns and prosthetics like bridges or dentures. Implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible and durable metal.
Titanium is used to construct dental implants so that bone around the implantation site can literally fuse to the implant’s structure. This natural process of bone fusing to metal is called “osseointegration”. Bone serves as the stabilizing support system for dental implants the same way it does for the roots of natural teeth.
How can dental implants look natural?
While a dental implant itself is made from metal, patients have options when it comes to choosing the materials used to construct the prosthetics and restorations attached to dental implants. For the most natural appearance, people choose crowns or bridges made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain is ideal for mimicking the color, texture, and luster of teeth.
Can I eat my favorite foods with dental implants?
Once dental implants are stable, patients can eat virtually any kind of food including tough or chewy items like steak. Dental implants allow people to enjoy optimal oral function that rivals any other tooth replacement option available today.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for this tooth replacement option, call Newton Dental Group to schedule a consultation.