Do Dental Implants Really Function Like Natural Teeth?

Do Dental Implants Really Function Like Natural Teeth?

Posted by Dr. Kevlyn on Mar 25 2021, 11:43 PM

A dental implant is, very simply put, a prosthetic tooth that takes the place of a missing natural one in a way that simulates the original tooth. It is designed to replicate the natural tooth in form, color, and function.

In this article, our team at Bellevue Family Dentistry in Greenwood Village, Colorado, explains why a dental implant is your best option for replacing a missing natural tooth.

What Is a Dental Implant Made Of?

Dental implants look quite similar to a natural tooth. There are three essential parts to a dental implant.

  • Implant Post

The implant post is the artificial root made of titanium, a biocompatible material also used in joint replacements. It is placed into the jawbone through a surgical procedure. 

The implant post fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration that takes a few weeks to a few months.

  • Abutment

The abutment is the connecting part that is fixed just above the gumline to support the new tooth or denture. It is attached after the osseointegration process is completed.

  • Crown

The crown is the top part of the implant, connected via the abutment, and seen above the gum line. For multiple teeth replacement, the top part can be an implant-supported denture instead. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • It is hard to distinguish an implant from a natural tooth
  • Unlike dentures, implants do not come with any dietary restrictions 
  • To maintain an implant, you simply have to follow your usual oral care routine that includes brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits 
  • Your dental implant can last for a lifetime if looked after properly
  • Very importantly, implants provide the necessary stimulation to the jawbone to maintain a healthy density, thus retaining the shape of your face
  • Of course, a dental implant will lack the sensation of a natural tooth, due to the absence of nerves. The sensations you feel would be from the surrounding gum tissue.
  • The only restrictions associated with dental implants concern what you eat until the titanium post fuses with the jawbone and the soft tissues heal completely. However, once that happens and your dentist gives you the go-ahead, you can resume your regular diet. 
  • Your dental implant will look and function exactly like your natural teeth.

For more information on dental implants or to address other dental concerns, call Belleview Family Dentistry at (303) 290-0962 or visit us at 8200 E Belleview Ave # 425 East Tower, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

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