How closely do dental implants resemble a natural tooth?

dental implants ManhattanAfter tooth loss, most patients want a tooth replacement with the most natural appearance possible so that the prosthetic doesn’t stand out from the rest of the smile. Not only do dental implants achieve this goal, they also feel more lifelike and preserve more of the functional capacity of your biological teeth.

In fact, dental implants more closely resemble natural teeth than any other alternative currently available, like conventional dental bridges or dentures.

Osseointegration is the key to the structural similarity between dental implants and biological teeth. That is, after the periodontist places the dental implant in the jaw, the surrounding bone bonds with the titanium device, fixing it into the mouth’s structure.

The periodontist then will place a restoration, which can be a crown, bridge or denture, atop the dental implant or implants. These restorations are crafted from the highest quality materials, which mimic the optical qualities of the enamel of your natural teeth. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to pick a dental implant from its biological neighbor.

Long-term stability is another advantage associated with dental implants.

The connection between the bone and the implant provides a number of other benefits. The dental implant feels more like a biological tooth, and it can also withstand stronger forces needed to chew like a natural tooth does. Dental implant patients can continue to enjoy nearly all of their favorite foods, within reason. Anything that could harm a biological tooth could just as easily damage a dental implant.

Long-term stability is another advantage associated with dental implants. Much in the same way that a natural tooth’s root does, dental implants help to anchor the jawbone, which will erode gradually in the absence of any root-like structure.

Dental implants offer patients the most lifelike tooth replacement available in modern dentistry. Patients who need treatment following tooth loss should explore this option. Contact our office at 212-756-8890 to learn more about dental implants, and schedule an evaluation that can assess whether the treatment will be a good fit for you.

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