Elmhurst Dentist Explains How Dental Implant Replacement Teeth Are Personalized

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Aug 25, 2016

Patients who are suffering from tooth loss often tell our dental team that their smiles no longer feel like theirs. They look in the mirror and notice the holes in their smiles—the smile they see in the mirror isn’t the happy and healthy one that they remember.

Our Elmhurst restorative dentists provide effective treatments to replace missing teeth, in order to help people re-gain strong and attractive smiles. We know that a very important part of this treatment process is making sure that the person’s replacement teeth feel right for them, as individuals.

There are many ways that our team works to personalize replacement teeth:

One important consideration is the color of the replacement tooth or prosthetic. The restorations that we use are custom shaded to match the patient’s natural dental shade, and to blend with the smile as a whole. One consideration to keep in mind: if you are thinking about undergoing professional dental whitening treatments, it is best to do this before your replacement tooth is placed. This way, we can design your replacement tooth to match your newly whitened smiled.

Another important factor is the shape of your replacement tooth. Many people don’t realize this, but we all have slightly different dental shapes—some of us have teeth that are more angular, while others have rounded dental enamel. Our team will make sure that your prosthetic/replacement tooth honors your natural dental shape.

Finally, we need to make sure that the size of each replacement tooth works for the patient. This is not only an aesthetic consideration; the size of your replacement tooth must be appropriate for your smile in order to keep your bite and chewing surfaces even, and to help avoid TMJ dysfunction.

Our Elmhurst dentists provide replacement teeth that look great and function optimally. Call our dental team to learn more!