Dental implants are durable and long lasting, providing a new tooth or even a full set of fixed dentures. But they also offer a lifelike appearance, matching your remaining teeth or acting as a new smile. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS, prosthodontist talks about how we ensure your new dental implants look natural.
Creating 3D Impressions
First, we need to take a close look at your smile. With advanced imaging technology, such as digital x-rays, we want to assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss. You may have underlying oral health issues that need attention, such as gum disease, to prevent implant failure and further tooth loss. You may also have teeth that need to be extracted. Once your smile is properly prepared, we will take detailed digital images from multiple angles, which will be combined to create a 3D computer impression, one far more accurate than traditional physical ones. This enables us to design your dental implants and plan the placement with precision and accuracy.
Using Lifelike Materials
The root portion is made from titanium, a biocompatible material the body accepts as natural root structure. This enables it to bond with the jaw like natural tooth roots. As for the crown portion, which people see when you smile, we can use lifelike options like ceramic or zirconia, which we can shade to blend with the smile seamlessly. Your new tooth will look natural and be able to handle daily bite forces and pressures. If you have multiple missing teeth, we can design bridges and dentures as well, using natural looking materials so you can smile with confidence.
Securing Your New Teeth
Once the placement area heals, we will add abutments to the posts. These extend above the gum line. Next, we connect dental crowns to the abutments, so you have a new tooth that looks and functions like your surrounding natural ones. These actions not only ensure a lifelike appearance, but also teeth that can handle the daily pressures and bite forces, and are ready to last a lifetime with proper care and attention. We take cosmetics into account, as you we want you to feel proud to show off your new smile.
If you have any questions about how we treat missing teeth with implant dentistry, or about how we ensure lifelike results, then contact our team to learn more. We want to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health and full smiles.
Ready for a New and Lifelike Smile?
Contact Dr. Stuart Dexter, Prosthodontist in Prairie Village, KS by calling 913-362-8200 to schedule your next appointment with our office, and to find out if a set of durable and lifelike dental implants is right for you!