The goal of restoring or replacing a tooth is to allow it to function the way it’s supposed to. In many cases, that goal is coupled with that of making your restoration as discreet and indistinguishable as possible. When it comes to replacing a lost or extracted tooth, both of these goals are especially important to your long-term oral health and the success of your smile restoration. Today, we explain the importance of realism when it comes to your custom-designed replacement teeth, and why dental implants are often important in achieving the level of realism that your smile deserves.
The use of more realistic dental materials
One of the most important elements in the quality of your restoration is the material that it’s made from. For example, many modern dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures are crafted from highly lifelike dental porcelain, which closely mimics the texture and appearance of your healthy, natural tooth structure. High-quality dental porcelain can also be tinted to match the unique color and shade of your healthy tooth structure, giving your restoration an appearance that blends in with your healthy, natural smile almost seamlessly.
The addition of root-like implant posts
The more natural and lifelike appearance of modern dental porcelain has helped give most tooth replacement options a greater level of realism in their design and appearance. However, mimicking all of your natural tooth’s healthy structure takes more than customizing the porcelain that your restoration is made from. For many people, it also includes implanting one or more root-like posts within their jawbone to mimic the roots of their lost teeth, as well. Dental implant posts can replicate the root structure that supported your lost teeth in order to give your restoration a comparable level of support when you bite and chew.
The customization of your replacement teeth
The use of more advanced dental materials and techniques is an important element in restoring your smile with a highly lifelike restoration. However, the extent to which your replacement teeth can mimic and restore your lost tooth structure depends on how closely your replacement teeth are designed to match those that you’ve lost. For optimal results, we utilize an array of advanced dental and imaging technologies that allow us to closely measure and design your restoration. The more precise design of your restoration will improve its ability to restore your lost tooth or teeth’s function and preserve the integrity of your smile in the future.
Learn more about lifelike replacement teeth
The more lifelike your replacement teeth are, the more successfully your restoration can rebuild and preserve your smile. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.