Here's Why Most Tooth Replacements Never Feel Fully Real

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Getting tooth replacements should be as close as possible to having the real thing back again. Unfortunately, this is often not the case with a number of tooth replacements, including dentures and bridges. Here's why you can't expect these types of false teeth to feel the same as real teeth, and what single method really does feel the same.

Sit On Top

Dental implants and bridges share one very important thing in common: they sit on top of your gums. It might sound silly, but when you stop to think about it, your real teeth don't sit on top of your gums. They emerge from your gums and are fully supported on all sides by your gums at their base.

Real teeth go down beneath the surface, too, and continue to be supported fully by your gums. Artificial tooth replacements that sit on top of the gums completely lose this form of support. This is why some artificial tooth replacements wiggle and move around if you bite down hard.


Hollow dentures and bridges are more common these days, as they're lighter and feel more comfortable in the mouth. They also put less strain on surrounding teeth, in the case of bridges.

Unfortunately, this hollowness can lead to a notable difference between the artificial teeth and your real teeth. Your real teeth aren't hollow - they're full of nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue. This soft tissue absorbs pressure and stress when you bite down, but with nothing inside of an artificial dental crown, the experience isn't the same.

The Implant Difference

The one type of tooth replacement out there that closely mimics the structure and functionality of a real tooth is a dental implant.

Dental implants are designed to be as much like real teeth as possible. They go down deep beneath the surface of the gums and receive the same benefits as real teeth, not only being supported by gum tissue but also bone in the jaw.

In addition, while the crown itself is still hollow, it's mounted on top of the dental implant. Since the implant peg mimics the deeper part of the tooth, it absorbs pressure the same way as the interior of a real tooth. Hence, it feels more real when you bite down.

Dental implants are the way to go if you want to feel like you never lost your teeth at all. Consider contacting a dentist to set up an appointment today.


8 August 2019

Give Yourself the Gift of a Beautiful Smile

If you are someone who hesitates to open your mouth when you smile because you are embarrassed about your teeth, you should know that there are a number of cosmetic techniques that can give you a beautiful smile you will be proud to show to the world. As a cosmetic dentist, I have seen many clients transform their lives simply by fixing their smiles. This blog is meant to encourage people to find out about the possibilities in cosmetic dentistry so they can feel good about their smiles. A beautiful, confident smile really can change your life. I would love to show you how.