How Natural are Dental Implants?
When you have a foreign object in your mouth, unless it’s some food or drink, you want to take it out at the earliest! This is one of the reasons you hate braces so much. Now, imagine having to live with a foreign object in your mouth for the rest of your life. Every minute of your waking hours is going to be depressingly irritating!
So, it’s only natural that you are worried about the naturality of your dental implants.
To give you the good news in a word, the answer is ‘yes’. More precisely, on a scale of artificial to natural, dental implants feel nearly natural. To understand it more accurately, first, we need to know what dental implants are.
What are dental implants?
When you lose a tooth, your dentist will ask you to go for a dental implant treatment to prevent spacing out of the rest of the teeth. During a dental implant treatment, a titanium anchor is drilled into your jaw. Within two to three weeks, the anchor fuses with the surrounding bone and makes a strong grip to hold the artificial tooth. During the second visit, the dentist will set a dental crown over the titanium post which sticks out from the anchor.
To get a clear picture of how they rank on the scale of naturality, let’s break the evaluation down into three categories – look, feel, and function.
Do dental implants look natural?
Yes. After complete recovery, even you won’t be able to figure out which is a real tooth and which is a dental implant. Dental implant treatment is the best of all the available methods of making up for a missing tooth. In fact, some people opt for the dental crown used during an implant solely for cosmetic purposes. Dental implants can be made to look like the natural colour of the surrounding teeth, or it can be made to look even better than the natural teeth. The choice is yours!
Do dental implants feel natural?
Yes. Well, nearly yes. You see, it depends on if there were any complications. Generally, a dental implant mimics the natural tooth is all aspects of shape and size. But sometimes, if you have lower jaw bone density, you may not be able to support a bigger tooth. This may prompt the dentist to go for a smaller version. This becomes an issue with molars or if you opt for an implant long after losing the tooth. However, there are (a little more expensive) ways to cope with that issue as well.
Another common concern is if you will be able to feel/taste the metal inside. The answer is no. If a dental implant is performed well, the crown will cover the titanium entirely, and you will not be able to touch the metal at all!
Do dental implants function naturally?
Yes, undoubtedly. The reason why you should go for dental implants rather than anything else is because of its functionality. From bite to strength, dental implants pass it all. The doctor takes the impression of your natural tooth as well as the tooth above it to make sure that the implanted tooth does not affect your bite. You can chew, tear, bite without any pain or discomfort.
Dental implants are highly durable. Unlike dentures and bridges, with dental implants, you don’t run the risk of misplacing your teeth inside your mouth or even losing it elsewhere.
On time, dental implants also save your jaw bone density which is crucial for the strength of your jaws.
Dental implants are by far the best replacements for natural teeth. And the faster you get it done, the better will be the final results. This procedure gives you a permanent solution to missing tooth – now dealing with missing tooth is a one time thing and not a daily routine procedure.
About Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Root Canal, Braces, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.
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GA Dental Clinics is a standout amongst the all the famous dental hospitals in Hyderabad, owing to the world class infrastructure it has, and the utility of leading edge technology at the clinic. Besides its unique infrastructure and highly qualified specialists, GA Dental Clinic in Hyderabad believes in delivering services at par with global standards.