Will My Dental Implant Results Look Natural?
Tooth loss is a common problem that leaves many people feeling insecure about their smile. Dental implants provide a long-term solution to replacing missing teeth and restoring confidence.
Because dental implants are artificial, many patients are concerned that their prosthetic teeth won’t look real. So, do dental implants look real or fake? The Fairfax, VA, dentists of Fairfax Family Dental Care explain how dental implants closely mimic natural teeth, making them a great option for those suffering from tooth loss.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jaw and paired with different dental restorations to replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants may be paired with a dental crown to replace individual teeth or a dental bridge or dentures to replace multiple teeth.
Do Dental Implants Look Real?
Great care is taken to make dental restorations look as realistic as possible for our Fairfax patients. Dental implants look natural because they are custom-made to the unique needs of each patient.
Every dental implant restoration is made to match the color, size, shape, and overall aesthetics of each patient’s smile, providing long lasting natural looking results. Let’s take a closer look at why dental implants look so natural.
Porcelain Provides a Natural Luster and Color
One of the primary reasons dental implants look so realistic is that porcelain is used to make the artificial teeth in the restorations. Porcelain closely mimics the luster of natural teeth and can be matched to any shade of white to blend with surrounding teeth.
The porcelain used with dental implant restorations is also extremely durable and can be easily cleaned just like the natural teeth.
Custom Made to Create a Natural Appearance
The restorations paired with dental implants are custom made to fit seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Impressions of the patient’s mouth and teeth are taken and used to fabricate the desired restoration, whether it’s an implant-supported dental crown, dental bridge, or dentures.
The artificial teeth used with dental implants are checked for size, shape, and overall fit to create a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Dental Implants Feel Like Real Teeth
Although it’s important that dental implants look real, it’s just as important that they feel like real teeth. Fortunately, they do.
Because dental implants act as an artificial tooth root, they provide the most natural feeling option to replacing missing teeth. After dental implant placement, the jawbone bonds to the implant, firmly holding it in place. Once healed, a restoration, such as a crown or dental bridge, can be attached to restore dental function.
When used to support dentures, dental implants provide a secure fit that prevents dentures from slipping or sliding when eating or talking.
Schedule a Consultation
If tooth loss is causing you discomfort or affecting your confidence, dental implants may be right for you. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants or to discuss other treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our Fairfax dentists.