Patients frequently ask us if their dental implants will feel like their natural teeth. Implants give the wearer a very natural look and feel, but exactly how natural do they really feel?
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. The dental implant can fuse with bone because titanium is biocompatible. This makes dental implants a very solid foundation for the restoration that goes on top.
Dental implants can be topped with a dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth you are replacing.
How natural do dental implants feel?
Dental implants are not alive like your regular teeth, so they don’t have any nerves in them to feel sensations. This means that you won’t have any feeling in the implant itself. Any sensations you do feel in relation to the implant will come from the surrounding gum tissue.
That said, dental implants function and look just like your natural teeth. They are designed to blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth, and you care for them just like you care for your natural teeth.
After your implant has healed and you’ve had a few weeks to get used to it, you’ll find you hardly notice any difference.