Are Dental Implants Obvious?

Posted on: 2 December 2020

Dental implants are a long lasting method for teeth replacements. This makes them very inviting for people who have one or more missing teeth. However, it's understandable if you have some questions about dental implants before you consider getting them. If you've been curious about whether or not other people will be able to tell if you have dental implants, then read this guide to find out. 

The Implant Itself

Dental implants are made with a small titanium peg. This is the part that keeps the rest of the crown and tooth in place and secures it as well as a real tooth root. Some people worry that this part of the dental implant will be visible and thus a dead giveaway that you have artificial teeth, like some dental bridges. However, this isn't the case. With a dental implant, the titanium peg is kept entirely under the surface of the gums with only a small ball on the top peeking out from under them. This small titanium ball is used to secure the dental crown on top, which means that it's completely covered by the 'tooth' part of the dental implant. No one will be able to tell that there's a titanium peg underneath it, so you don't have to worry about visible metal in your mouth.

The Crown

Getting a dental implant actually has a lot in common with getting a simple dental crown. The reason for this is that both procedures are ultimately covered with a custom dental crown that's designed just for you. What this means is that the dental crown will be based upon scans of your original tooth that was in the same place. This ensures that the dental crown will be symmetrical and will fit in with the surrounding teeth so that it doesn't stand out or look out of place.

On top of that, dental crowns for dental implants are exclusively made out of materials that look like real teeth, like porcelain. This not only gives the dental implant the same color as a real tooth but also provides it with that healthy sheen that teeth naturally have. Ultimately, this means that the new dental implants in your mouth shouldn't stand out to anyone at all unless, of course, they knew that you previously had missing teeth. 

Getting a dental crown is one of the longest-lasting and most aesthetically pleasing ways to replace missing teeth. If you're tired of having gaps in your smile, talk to a dentist about getting an implant.