04 Apr How Closely Do Dental Implants Mimic a Natural Tooth?
When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants are the most life-like option for restoring oral function and filling in the gaps of a smile. A dental implant can replace a single tooth or be used to anchor an arch of prosthetic teeth. For single tooth replacement, these prosthetics are incredibly durable. Our dentist provides dental implants for patients in need of one or more replacement teeth.
What are dental implants?
Unlike prosthetics such as bridges or dentures that rests on top of the gum line, dental implants not only fill in an empty tooth socket, they also replace the tooth’s structure below the surface of the gums. By replacing both the crown and the roots of teeth, patients enjoy a complete restoration of oral function. The implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone where a tooth’s roots should be. Over time, the jawbone surrounding the implant will fuse naturally to the titanium rod that makes up an implant. Once the fusion of bone is complete, a prosthetic crown is affixed to the titanium rod with an abutment.
Dental crowns are man-made by dental technicians to exact measurements determined by our dentist. Tooth-shaped, crowns provide a biting surface for chewing and tearing food. They are also composed of durable materials such as high-quality ceramic or porcelain fused to metal alloys. Because of their white appearance, crowns resemble the color of natural teeth.
Implants are designed to mimic the function and appearance of natural teeth so that patients enjoy a restored smile and renewed self-esteem.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
The best way to determine candidacy for this procedure is to schedule a consultation with our dentist. At your consultation, our team will take your overall wellbeing and oral health into account. Ideal candidates should have enough bone structure to support the titanium rod of an implant along with being free of gum disease.
To reserve your appointment, contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow at 972-458-2464 today.