Will People Be Able to Tell That You Have Dental Implants?

July 7, 2021

older man in dress shirt and tie smiling with dental implants in Carrollton

One of the first questions patients have when considering whether to get dental implants is, “How noticeable will they be?” This question is understandable. After all, you don’t want to go through all the preparatory exams and procedures, the placement surgery, and the numerous follow-up appointments only for your new teeth to look fake. Fortunately, dentists know how to make implants look and feel like just another part of your smile. Keep reading to learn how your dentist will make your dental implants in Carrollton look completely natural.

The Implant Is Placed Underneath the Gumline

When patients hear that a titanium post is used to replace the tooth root, many of them are confused as to what that means for their appearance. Titanium is the perfect material to use for dental implants because it’s incredibly biocompatible, so your mouth won’t reject it. The only way someone would be able to tell you have a titanium implant instead of your natural tooth root is if they were previously aware you were missing teeth or if they had access to your dental records.

A Restoration That Blends in Perfectly

No part of the titanium post sticks out above the gumline. Your dentist will place an abutment above the implant, which is a metal connector piece that will protrude past the gums. However, your restoration will be placed over the abutment so that it’s not visible in your smile.

Before placing your dental crown over your implant and abutment, your dentist will customize it to ensure it resembles your surrounding teeth to a tee. They’ll make sure it’s not too white, which would result in “chiclet teeth,” yet not so yellow as to appear stained. Dentists take this step of the process quite seriously.

Tooth Replacement That Feels as Natural as It Looks

Another common question about dental implants is whether they’re feel like the teeth you were born with. The answer is yes. Because dental implants replace the entire structure of the tooth (and not just the crown like bridges and dentures do), biting and chewing will feel perfectly natural. Once it has been a few months after your implants have been placed, the post has fully fused with the jawbone, forming a bond that feels indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, no other option offers nearly as many benefits as dental implants. To find out if dental implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Carrollton today!

About the Author

Dr. Marc Dandois has more than three decades of experience in the dental field, ever since he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Since then, he has undergone extensive post-graduate training in many areas of dentistry, including dental implant placement and restoration. If you’re interested in filling the gaps in your grin with a solution that looks and feels natural, you can visit Dr. Dandois’ website or call (972) 394-7007.