Dental implants are the most realistic-looking way to replace missing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like your original teeth. Each individual implant is anchored with an artificial root that is surgically placed in the jawbone. Not only are implants natural-looking, they also provide a tooth replacement alternative that is permanent.
How Dental Implants Work
Several factors allow dental implants to almost perfectly mimic your natural teeth. These factors have to do with the way implants are constructed and the materials used. The artificial tooth root is typically made of titanium. Bone will bond to titanium, providing a stable, permanent foundation for your new teeth.
The materials chosen for the prosthetic tooth also help ensure your new smile will look natural. Your new teeth will most likely be made of porcelain or of a special composite resin. These materials are chosen to mimic the look of real enamel and are custom made to complement your appearance and closely resemble remaining teeth.
Implants and Your Jawbone Health
Dental implants also mimic your original teeth by helping maintain your jawbone. Natural tooth roots stimulate the bone to grow whenever you bite or chew. Without these roots, the bone can atrophy over time, weakening it and changing the overall shape of your face.
Because implants are set directly in the jawbone, they help stimulate bone growth, helping you maintain your dental health as well as your appearance. With implants, you’ll be able to talk and eat without concern of teeth shifting or moving in the mouth, and you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of foods, including corn on the cob and apples.
If you have missing teeth, talk to our dentist about the possibility of replacing them with implants so you can keep your unique smile intact. To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush. Call 817-465-0355 today to schedule your informative consultation.