When you are considering your tooth replacement options, function is paramount. You want to have a set of teeth that enables you to enjoy a robust, balanced diet and that feels comfortable in your mouth. Of course, most people are also concerned about aesthetics. While it is embarrassing to have missing teeth, it could also make you self-conscious if you feel that your dental prosthetic is drawing undue attention to itself. What about dental implants in Mankato? If you get them, will it be obvious to onlookers that you have had some dental work done? The short answer to that question is no. Read on to learn why you can look forward to a completely natural-looking smile.
Most dental implants are made of a biocompatible titanium alloy. As you can imagine, the metal is neither white like tooth enamel nor pink like gum tissue. However, only a small part of the implant (including the abutment, a connector piece that holds the artificial tooth or teeth in place) protrudes above the gum line.
Once the implant is restored with either a crown or implant bridge (the visible portion of the missing tooth or teeth), the metal disappears. Such restorations are specially crafted so that they completely conceal the metal within it. They are constructed of opaque materials, such as dental porcelain or acrylic, that closely imitate the look of natural teeth. They blend in with the dentition around them to create a seamless smile.
In order to function properly and not cause any occlusion (bite) problems, a dental implant restoration must mimic the shape of your natural teeth. Therefore, each restoration is custom-designed to work with your unique mouth structure. Your new teeth will not look too big or too small or in any other way stand out as being different from the natural teeth that surround them.
Traditional dentures require that you adjust your eating habits. Others might notice that you always cut your food into small pieces before you eat it, or that you are cautious around certain types of food. Dental implants are different. Because they are so sturdy, they allow you to eat normally whether you are enjoying a juicy steak, munching on a crunchy apple, or enjoying popcorn with your Saturday night movie.
Another trait of traditional dentures that may attract attention is their potential to slip or click during eating or speaking. Dental implants are so secure in the mouth that you will never have to worry about such embarrassing moments.
In form, function, and appearance, dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. If you have gaps in your mouth, ask your dentist about rebuilding your smile with this remarkable restorative treatment.
About the Author
Dr. James Kalina is a general dentist in Mankato who is proud to design and place custom-made dental implant restorations for patients who have suffered tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about how Dr. Kalina can help you regain a confident, natural-looking smile, contact our office at 507-625-2021.