One of the common concerns that patients have when receiving new dental implants is whether others can notice that they have replacement teeth. It is easy to understand this concern when you consider that other tooth replacement options, such as dentures, retainers, and bridges, are often visible to others. This is especially true when the device falls out or malfunctions in some way.
Your oral health and the status of your teeth are not the business of anyone else. We are happy to let you know that your new dental implants will look so natural that even those closest to you will not be able to distinguish them from your natural teeth.
What Makes New Dental Implants Look So Natural?
Dental implants are in a class by themselves when it comes to tooth replacement. The reason for this is that they replace the roots of your missing teeth to provide better overall support to your jaw and face. Your oral surgeon at Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery first installs a titanium post in your jaw bone that will act as the new source of support for the replacement teeth. Since these posts lie completely below your gum line, no one will be able to see them.
Once your jaw has sufficiently healed from placement of the titanium posts, your oral surgeon attaches the new replacement teeth. Unlike removable dentures, retainers, and other types of tooth replacement, your new dental implants remain firmly in place just as your regular teeth do. They will not fall out or appear as an obvious restoration.
Your replacement teeth have the same capacity as your natural teeth, which means you can eat with confidence in front of your friends and family. Smiling will also come more naturally when you no longer have to worry about a possible mishap with your restoration or the fact that people can tell you have had dental work completed.
You May Even Forget That You Have Dental Implants
Your mouth will feel different for the first several days and possibly weeks after oral surgery to receive your new dental implants. After all, you have become accustomed to missing teeth and having to cover them up with a removable restoration or a dental bridge with an attachment behind your other teeth. Looking in the mirror and seeing a full set of natural-looking teeth will take some getting used to, but it won’t be long before you no longer give your teeth a second thought.
Other Considerations When Choosing New Dental Implants
It is common for patients to only consider the aesthetic concerns when they receive new dental implants. They want to cover gaps in their smile and have their teeth look as natural as possible. This is certainly important, but it is not the only reason to consider this permanent solution for tooth restoration. Dental implants help to prevent the muscles in your face from sagging, which allows your face to remain firmer and more resistant to the effects of aging. Implants also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting due to missing teeth and causing problems with your alignment.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with additional questions or to ask your dentist for a referral.