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Do Implants Feel Like A Natural Tooth?

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When discussing advancements in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants stand out as a remarkable choice that has evolved considerably since its humble beginnings.

Now offering a natural-looking and permanent alternative to missing teeth, dental implants have become a first-choice not only for those looking to replace missing teeth, but also for those looking to regain their smiles whilst restoring the functionality and confidence that a complete set of teeth provides. But do dental implants feel like real teeth, or even feel natural?

Let’s find out!

What are dental implants and what does a dental implant look like?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth replacement that serves as a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to look and function like natural teeth, providing a durable, natural solution for people with missing teeth.

A dental implant consists of three main components:

  • Implant Fixture: This is a small, screw-shaped post, usually made of titanium, that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It serves as the artificial tooth’s ‘root’, providing a stable foundation for the implant.
  • Abutment: The abutment is a connector piece that is attached to the implant fixture. It protrudes above the gum line and serves as a link between the implant and the final restoration.
  • Dental Crown or Restoration: This is the visible part of the dental implant that resembles a natural tooth. It is custom-made to match the shape, size, and colour of the patient’s existing teeth, providing a natural appearance.

When fully assembled, a dental implant looks like a complete and natural tooth, seamlessly blending with the surrounding teeth.

A rendering of a dental implant.
A rendering of a dental implant.

Do dental implants feel like real teeth?

Dental implants are specifically designed to closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. While they may not be exactly identical to natural teeth, many of our patients find that dental implants feel very similar to real teeth once they have fully healed and integrated with the surrounding bone.

Do dental implants feel natural?

The key to the natural feel of dental implants lies in the integration process called osseointegration. During this process, the implant fixture, typically made of titanium, fuses with the jawbone, creating a stable and durable foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth and mimicking the way natural teeth are anchored in the jaw. After the healing period, and once the dental crown or restoration is placed on the implant, our patients will feedback to us that the implants feel secure and function like natural teeth. They can chew, speak, and perform daily activities without the discomfort or instability sometimes associated with other tooth replacement options.

Here are some benefits to consider if you’re thinking about getting dental implants:

Chewing and functionality:

Dental implants are anchored in the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This provides a stable foundation that allows for efficient chewing and biting, similar to natural teeth. Patients often report that they can eat a wide variety of foods without discomfort.

Stability and firmness:

Unlike traditional dentures, which may have some degree of movement, dental implants are fixed in place. This stability contributes to a sensation that closely resembles natural teeth. Patients generally feel confident in the firmness of their implant-supported prosthetics.

Speech:

Dental implants do not affect speech patterns in the way removable dentures sometimes can. Patients typically experience normal speech and pronunciation, contributing to an overall sense of comfort and naturalness.

Appearance:

Dental implants are customised to match the colour, shape, and size of surrounding natural teeth. The result is a seamless integration into the smile, making it challenging for others to distinguish between the implant and natural teeth.

Maintenance:

Just like natural teeth, dental implants require regular oral care, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. This similarity in maintenance contributes to the overall feeling of having a natural and integrated smile.

Longevity:

Dental implants are known for their durability and longevity. With proper care, they can last for many years, providing a stable and reliable solution that feels consistent over time.

Dental implants for replacing missing teeth

Dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth because the implant itself acts like the root of your tooth and also prevents the bone levels from reducing. The crown of the tooth, if designed correctly, fits to your bite comfortably and seamlessly blends in with the rest of your teeth.

It is therefore extremely important that you choose a dentist who understands chewing patterns to ensure the implant isn’t overloaded with force, as this can impact the lifespan of your implant. An implant dentist that knows the importance of assessment, precise planning, placement, healing and aftercare, is essential for a successful implant.

At Bespoke Smile we do not want to have to take any risks with the treatments we do but we also will not compromise on aesthetics. Therefore, careful treatment planning is required – considering health, longevity, patient preference and aesthetics. If you’re considering Dental Implants, find out more about how we can help or contact our team for a completely free, no-obligation consultation.

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