24 Aug How Closely Do Dental Implants Mimic a Natural Tooth?
Losing one or more teeth can be a devastating experience. For patients who wish to return to the most natural condition they can, dental implants are the logical choice.
One or more teeth secured with dental implants afford the patient many advantages:
Permanent – Your new teeth are cemented in place during the final phase of treatment. At this time, these teeth are so close to looking and acting like your biological teeth, you may forget about your prior tooth loss.
Speaking clearly – Whether you are supplanting teeth recently lost or have experienced some time since your natural teeth were in place, you will enjoy the luxury of speaking clearly without concerns about anything impeding your ability to talk clearly. When we speak, the tongue and teeth work in tandem to make certain sounds. When teeth are missing, it is harder to pronounce some sounds. This is no longer an issue with dental implants.
Food Enjoyment – Chewing when teeth are missing takes a lot of joy out of eating. The ability to eat all the foods you love is restored with dental implants.
Confidence Boost – When you are missing teeth, you may hesitate to smile or laugh in public. Or you might always cover your mouth. You will smile broadly once your dental implants are in place. You will no longer have those embarrassing gaps to cover.
A consultation with your dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for the implant procedure. A discussion about overall health coupled with a thorough oral exam will be completed. Dental x-rays are often taken to determine bone strength where the implants are to be placed. If insufficient bone is indicated in the area to be implanted, you may require an additional procedure to boost the bone strength for a successful outcome.
Your dentist will schedule appointments to check on your progress throughout the treatment period. Once surgically placed, the implant area usually requires several months to heal. During this time you will be charged with keeping the area as clean as possible to prevent infection.
When ready, the final restoration will be cemented in place that matches surrounding teeth so perfectly it will be difficult to tell which teeth are implants.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our skilled team at Balcones Family Dental. Call 512-200-7422 today to schedule your visit.