Dental implants provide you with the most effective option to replace your missing teeth. They are the only solution that replaces the missing root along with the tooth, providing a long-lasting restoration that restores full bite function. For this reason, our dentists recommend dental implants for just about anyone who is a suitable candidate.
If you’re replacing back teeth, the aesthetics of your restoration aren’t extremely important since no one will see your new prosthetic tooth. However, when you are replacing front teeth, you will want them to look as natural as possible since others will see your new tooth whenever you smile. Fortunately, our cosmetic dentists can deliver a replacement tooth that very closely matches the color and shade of your natural teeth.
Make Sure You Choose All-Porcelain Crowns
The materials used for your restoration will play a significant role in the aesthetic outcome achieved. As part of the dental implant process, a dental crown is used to serve as your prosthetic tooth. The crown is placed on top of a small titanium rod, called an abutment, which attaches to your dental implant.
There are two dental crown options that utilize a porcelain material:
- All-porcelain crowns
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
In order to achieve a beautiful, natural looking result, it’s crucial that you use all-porcelain crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have a metal base that gets exposed just above the gumline. The metal can show through the porcelain material, resulting in a dark gray or bluish line near the gums.
The use of all-porcelain crowns eliminates this dark line near your gums, ensuring a much more natural looking appearance. Our cosmetic dentists use the finest quality dental porcelain, ensuing your crown will mimic the color and shade of your natural teeth. By choosing an all-porcelain crown, your dental implant restoration will blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Dental Porcelain Mimics the Quality of Natural Tooth Enamel
One of the main reasons why your new restoration will look like your natural teeth is because dental porcelain closely mimics the translucent properties found in tooth enamel. This translucent hue changes in density from the base of the crown to the top since the ceramic material is thinner near the biting surfaces of the crown. This provides an even more realistic appearance that is similar to the changes in translucency found in natural teeth.
The Lab We Use Matters
The lab used to create your dental crown will also impact the aesthetic outcome. At Arlington Dental Aesthetics and South Riding Smiles, we work with the finest dental labs in order to ensure a beautiful result that matches the color and shade of your natural teeth as closely as possible.
One of the ways the lab provides a more realistic result is by recreating the small ridges and waves found in your natural teeth. In addition, the biting edges of the crown are specially designed to resemble those of a natural tooth. These microscopic details may seem minor, but they provide the finishing touch necessary to ensure your new prosthetic tooth truly delivers a beautiful, natural looking smile.
Contact our Northern Virginia Cosmetic Dentists
If you need to replace missing teeth, please call 703-527-1020 to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or 703-327-7705 to schedule an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.