Dental implants have become the most popular tooth replacement option worldwide, owing to their excellent function, aesthetics, and durability. An implant is a screw-shaped, metallic fixture that is inserted into the jawbone – like a natural tooth – and serves as a replacement root of a missing tooth.
But being made of titanium, will dental implants be visible when I smile or speak? This is one of the most commonly asked questions by dental patients. To understand this, let us first understand how dental implants work.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
As mentioned earlier, an implant is inserted into the jawbone where it provides a firm foundation for the replacement teeth. So, an implant serves as an artificial tooth root. Over time, the implant becomes fused with the jawbone. At this point, our dentists will place a crown over it to replace the missing tooth.
What Do Dental Implants Look Like?
Dental implants are made of titanium and its alloys. Although there are different types of implants used in dentistry, the ones used for replacing missing teeth have a cylindrical shape similar to a tooth root. At the tapered end, implants have threads that engage with the surrounding bone and help with their anchorage. An abutment connects the implant with the crown or any other prosthesis used for tooth replacement. A typical dental implant has a grayish appearance due to its metallic nature. However, there is no need to worry! Your implant will affect your smile and appearance.
Will Dental Implants be Visible While Smiling?
If you’re concerned that your implants will be visible when you smile or speak, and affect your facial aesthetics, you can put your concerns to rest. This is because most dental implants are inserted at the bone level. So, only the prosthesis attached to them will become visible. At Dentakay, we use aesthetically pleasing, strong, and durable zirconia crowns as artificial teeth for dental implants. So, these crowns blend in with the neighboring natural teeth and become virtually indistinguishable.
However, when it comes to replacing missing front teeth, our dentists are particularly careful to ensure that the implant collar does not become visible when you open your mouth for speaking or smiling. This is done by keeping the implant collar just below the bone level. In this way, only the tooth-coloured crown will be visible, without affecting your smile or facial aesthetics.
If your missing teeth prevent you from smiling confidently in public, here is your chance to enjoy a beautiful and lasting smile! Book an appointment with us today and let our highly experienced and qualified dentists at Dentakay give you a smile that you genuinely deserve!