Do Dental Implants Feel and Look Like Natural Teeth?

By: Capital District Team


Temporary teeth replacement options like dentures are difficult for men and women who want a more natural smile. Dental implants are highly recommended because they can’t be removed and function just like your regular teeth. However, we understand if you have concerns about how implants work. The board-certified oral surgeons at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons answer some of your more pressing questions about missing teeth and dental implants below. Our office in Albany and Latham, NY can work closely with you to determine whether this option is right for your oral health needs.

How do dental implants work?

Missing teeth are not only a cosmetic issue, they also create a gap where the tooth root was located. Unfortunately, dentures and other temporary solutions cannot replace this necessary root. Every part of a dental implant, however, is designed to fill the gap, so it works just like your other teeth. The titanium rod is inserted into the jawline, where it slowly fuses over time. An abutment is attached to the top, where it anchors the restoration or the part that mimics the visible tooth. All parts are bonded in place, so they don’t shift or move around.

Will dental implants cause problems chewing?

In short, no. Dental implant patients can eat or drink whatever they want without any exceptions. Of course, it’s still a good idea to avoid opening bottles or using your teeth as a tool. Patients must wait for their implants to fully heal before biting down on anything particularly hard or chewy. The staff at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons can provide detailed recovery guidelines so you can make the most of your teeth replacement option.

How do dental implants feel? Do they taste like metal?

A natural tooth root has nerve endings that allow you to feel heat, cold, and pressure. Since dental implants don’t have nerves, you cannot experience these sensations in your dental restoration. Of course, sensations can still come from the nerves in the gum tissue surrounding the implant. And although our dental implants in Albany and Latham NY are made of metal, you should not experience any metallic tastes in your mouth.

Will my dental implants get loose or fall out?

As we mentioned, dental implants are bonded into place. The titanium rod is implanted into your jawbone so it’s just as stable as your natural teeth. You should not expect your implant to wiggle or fall out under normal circumstances. However, patients can expect problems with their dental implant with an oral infection or if the implant gets knocked out of place due to trauma. The team at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is able to help you in either case.

Discover your teeth replacement options

There's no denying that implants are one of the most natural and long-lasting options for people with gaps due to missing teeth. Although they may take some time to get used to, the oral surgeons at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are confident they will look and function just like your other teeth. If you have concerns about dental implants and restoration options in Albany or Latham, NY, call to set up an appointment. Our health care professionals can walk you through the process and explain how it works.

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