When preparing for a dental implant procedure, there are a lot of different factors to consider. Aside from the cost, your current dental health and recovery times, you will also have to consider the colour and shape of your dental implant.
You may think that selecting the whitest shade is the best option, but it may cause you to have a tooth that doesn't blend in with the rest of the teeth in your mouth. In addition, the shape should be such that there are no gaps between the implant and your other teeth.
In most cases, your dentist will do a good job of guiding you through this process. However, you should play an active role because, ultimately, it is you who will have to look in the mirror everyday and determine if you're satisfied with your implants.
It may take several visits to get the colour, shape and shade of the dental implants just how you want it, so it's a good idea to be heavily invested throughout the process.
How to choose the right colour
You should first start with considering the shape and colour of the implant. The compatibility of your implant will depend on the teeth right adjacent to where the implant is to be placed.
Consult with your dentist to determine the shade that most closely resembles your teeth. Remember that not all teeth will have the same shade, as the front teeth tend to be whiter than molars and premolars.
Attention should be given to the crown design
The design of the crown is an important part of the dental implant process. Most time is normally dedicated to making the implant itself and fitting it in the mouth. However, you should ensure that the crown matches the shape and space in your mouth.
A poorly designed crown can result in gaps in the teeth or misalignment. In most cases, you will only notice a poorly done crown after the implant is put in place. The good news is that the crown can be easily redone even after the implant is in place. Communicate with your dentist if you notice that the crown doesn't fit your expectations.
Implants for front teeth
If you're having an implant to replace one of your front teeth, the process can be more challenging. Indeed, it is the front two incisors that determine your overall smile, and they should be as close in resemblance to each other as possible.
You should work with your dentist to select a custom shade that fits the neighbouring front teeth in order to ensure uniformity. It will take more than one visit to get the shade, shape and colour of a front tooth just right, so be patient, yet persuasive with your dentist until you get the results you desire.