Dental implants offer many benefits over traditional dentures. They have a very high success rate. They’re fully functional for eating and talking–they won’t slip or click. They can last 20 years or more–maybe even a lifetime.
Unfortunately, achieving an attractive dental implant result is not as easy as just placing the implant itself, and this is less reliable than the overall success of the implant. To get the most attractive dental implant results, it’s important to choose a dentist who is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry.
Matching Natural Teeth
A dental implant that’s been placed between natural teeth has to be made to match perfectly. This is something that some dentists do much better than others. The technology is definitely available to make this work. It’s a problem dentists have been working on for literally centuries, and with modern technologies and techniques, we are better at it than ever.
But if you are considering a dentist for this type of restoration, it’s important to look at their before and after gallery and see how you feel about their ability to blend restorations and natural teeth.
Restoring Gum Tissue
But attractive dental implants mean more than just matching the dental crowns. With dental implants, it’s important to try to restore the gum tissue around the dental implants. This is a unique challenge related to dental implants, which have a different relationship to gum tissue than your natural teeth do.
If this isn’t done properly, you might see:
- Bone loss
- Receding gums around the implant
- Visible implant
- Discoloration of gums
- Black triangles around implant
All of these cosmetic problems relate to not properly managing the healing of your bone around the dental implant. The bone supports the gums. If the bone is lost, the gums will follow. Fortunately, with proper techniques the dental implant will support your jawbone, and you won’t see much gum recession.
Gum recession can also be caused by poor handling of the gum tissue during recovery, or exposure of the gums to restorative materials that aren’t conducive to gum tissue growth, such as dental cements.
Dentists who are trained in cosmetic dentistry and have experience working with dental implants know how to avoid these problems to give you good results.
We Can Achieve Great Results
If you want to make sure you choose a dentist capable of giving you attractive results with your dental implants, the best place to start is by looking at their smile gallery. That will give you a good idea about the type of results they can achieve.
If you want to learn what kind of results we can achieve for you, please call (918) 528-3330 today for an appointment at élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges.