How Dental Implants Look So Realistic

des moines dental implantsWhen you have a missing tooth, or even if you need a full denture, then you could benefit from dental implants. These are realistic and long-lasting options to address missing teeth. But what makes them so lifelike? In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about the factors that make them so realistic!

The New Root

Everything starts with the dental implant post, which acts as a new root and provides stability unmatched with removable or crown secured prosthetics. The post is made from titanium, which is biocompatible and accepted by the body as natural bone structure. The post bonds with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, a process that halts the loss of mass and density in the jaw that follows tooth loss. This means you avoid further tooth loss, protect your facial structure, and can enjoy a stable tooth.

Abutments and Restorations

Once the placement area heals, we will attach the abutment to the post. This is a piece that extends above the gum line. We then connect a restoration to it. The restoration is a custom-made crown, often made from materials like ceramic or zirconia, which not only endure greater bite forces, but can also be color matched to blend with your smiles seamlessly. You can once again eat your favorite foods, and this will look and function like a natural tooth. We want you to laugh and smile again without hesitation, confidence in the appearance and stability of your new tooth.


We can even address more severe tooth loss, using multiple posts to secure a denture that never slips when you eat or drink, and doesn’t need to be removed for cleaning. Instead, it stays in place and acts as a natural smile. In fact, it could last decades longer than traditional removal options! These will be easy to clean and maintain, and will restore your ability to eat a variety of foods again. Again, this also prevents the factors that cause the jaw to lose mass and density, so you avoid a prematurely aged appearance, which could otherwise occur due to advanced tooth loss.

If you have any questions about how we address minor to severe tooth loss with implant dentures, or about their lifelike appearance and function, then contact our team today to learn more. We can schedule a consultation to assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss, and choose the best implant option to restore your smile to optimal function and beauty.


Our team wants to help you maintain a full smile that looks and functions like a natural one. If you have any questions about addressing missing teeth, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.