Dental implants can affect natural, adjacent teeth but their effects are positive. A dental implant and the restoration/prosthetic attached to it supports adjacent teeth above and below the surface of the gums. When there are empty tooth sockets, neighboring teeth can collapse into them because they lack support to stay upright.
Beyond supporting the upright positions of neighboring teeth, dental implants provide support to the jawbones. They help keep bone active and stimulated, which reduces the likelihood of bone deterioration after tooth loss. Keeping healthy bone mass is imperative for maintaining the support systems of biological teeth as well as dental implants.
What makes up dental implants?
Dental implants are constructed from titanium, which is a metal that is compatible with the body’s tissues. Since our bodies integrate with titanium, there is a much lower incidence of titanium components being rejected by the body as a foreign object.
What do dental implants look like?
Implants resemble the appearance of a screw. They have a tapered end along with a ridged texture. The wider section of the dental implant houses an abutment, which is used to fasten restorations like crowns or prosthetics like bridges and dentures.
Can dental implants look natural?
The dental implant itself is hidden from view after it is embedded into the jawbone. When it comes to maintaining a natural looking aesthetic, however, patients can choose prosthetics and restorations that are made from white materials like porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
Porcelain restorations and prosthetics are custom made so that they perfectly complement a person’s oral anatomy. The light-reflecting qualities of porcelain along with its white color look incredibly natural and lifelike.
How do I know if implants are right for me?
If you have suffered with tooth loss in adulthood, dental implants might work for you. The only way to be certain if this tooth replacement method accommodates your unique situation is to schedule a dental implants consultation with a dentist. At your appointment, your oral healthcare provider will perform a physical examination, inquire about your health history, and answer your questions to help you find the best treatment option for your needs.
Call the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today to reserve a dental implant consultation.