Dental implants are the best and most effective long-term solution for those with missing or damaged teeth. But despite their many advantages and the advancements in implant technology, there are still myths about dental implants that persist.

Many patients have concerns about the cosmetic effect dental implants will have on their smile. Specifically, they worry that the implant or implants will look fake next to their existing natural teeth. Fortunately, high-quality dental implants look completely real, especially when you have an experienced dental implant specialist in your corner.

Are dental implants custom-made?

In modern dentistry, implants are custom-made to look and function just like your real teeth. Conventional dental implants have three important components:

  1. An implant post or screw is secured to your jawbone.
  2. An abutment is securely attached to the implant post.
  3. A prosthesis (tooth restoration) such as a crown, bridge, or denture is secured to the abutment.

The titanium or zirconium posts and abutments used in dental implant surgery are made in a diverse range of standardized sizes to accommodate your jaw and facial anatomy. But the real customization comes with tooth restoration.

The crown or other prosthesis is completely custom-made to match the rest of your smile. These restorations are made to fully cover and protect the rest of the implant and look just like your other teeth.

Do dental implants feel like natural teeth?

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Dental implants are very comfortable and feel like real teeth. Modern dental implants are made with biocompatible materials that fuse to your existing jawbone over time. This helps to strengthen the implant and makes it feel just like a natural tooth.

Why dental implants look so real

Dental implants have come a long way since they first emerged in restorative dentistry. Modern dental implants are long-lasting, biocompatible, and help to restore both the appearance and structural integrity of the teeth and jaw.

Here’s why today’s implants look and feel so natural:

Placed by experienced professionals

When it comes to your restoration, choosing the right dental implant specialist is key to achieving a natural appearance. With an experienced professional, you can be sure they’ll know exactly how to develop an implant that fits seamlessly with your existing teeth.

A good dental implant specialist will be invested in providing you with a cosmetically elegant tooth replacement. They’ll also discuss your specific goals so that you get the exact results you want.

Color-matched to your natural smile

The dental crown or other restoration we use as the final step of the dental implant process is fully customized. An important part of making your restoration look natural is getting the perfect color match.

We’ll use a professional color-matching tool to carefully select the ideal shade for your crown that matches your enamel. We’ll also evaluate the color match under both natural and artificial lighting to get the best possible match.

Color-matching tip: We recommend that you avoid wearing brightly colored makeup or clothing during the color-match process, so we can more clearly see the natural color of your enamel.

Shaped like your natural teeth

Expert ceramists will shape your tooth replacement to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. The shape of your gums, lips, and other teeth will all be taken into consideration to ensure your implant is precisely the right size and shape for your individual appearance.

Get beautiful, natural-looking implants with Smart Arches!

If you’re a candidate for dental implants but you’re worried about how they’ll look, we’ve got you covered! The dental implant specialists at Smart Arches will provide you with customized dental implants that look and function exactly like your real teeth.

We’ll discuss your goals and concerns with you to guarantee that your implant is perfectly suited to you so you can smile with confidence!

Contact us via our website or call one of our convenient locations in the Philadelphia area to schedule a FREE consultation.