What's the closest thing to a natural tooth?

At this point in time, dental titanium implants covered by a crown are the closest thing to a natural tooth. They are fixed in place and need to be maintained like a natural tooth. Some day, we may be able to "harvest" natural teeth and reimplant them into the jaw making that type of "implant" the most natural.

Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of natural teeth. But when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it’s good to know that dental implants are one of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth because they help to preserve the bone after teeth are lost or extracted. They also offer firm support to man-made teeth such as bridges or dentures. The secure fit helps them feel more natural than typical bridges or dentures. They are a good value because they can last a lifetime with good care.

The closest thing to a natural tooth is a natural tooth. So be good to them as everything in dentistry is an attempt to be as close in function and beauty as a natural tooth. Try not to lose what nature has given to you.

Appreciate your teeth and how they maximize your ability to effectively chew food for nutritional intake and overall health. Keep them clean to avoid gum (periodontal) disease and of course see a dentist.

Similar to everything else in life our body needs to be maintained; whether it is cleaning your body or teeth. A buildup of bacteria will occur where no effort is made such as your teeth. (Think bad breath)

Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
The closest thing to a natural tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants can last a lifetime and are fixed in the bone. The nerves and blood supply of a natural tooth are not present with a dental implant, therefore there is no sensitivity or sensations to the tooth. However, the tooth can function exactly like a real tooth.
A dental implant is the closest artificial answer to a natural tooth. It looks and feels exactly like a real tooth. Dental implants are a good option for those whose natural teeth are lost from trauma or decay.

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