Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants: 3 Factors To Consider When Choosing The Best Implant Shade

20 June 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Articles


If a tooth is knocked loose, most dentists would recommend getting a dental implant, as it is fused to your bone to prevent bone loss and will preserve the integrity and functionality of your dental condition. Implant-supported crowns are particularly popular, with approximately 2.3 million made and implanted in Americans annually. Upon determining whether an implant is needed, you'll need to get into the logistics of the procedure. This will include choosing the best implant shade for your mouth. The dentist can customize the shade and hue of the implant easily. Here are 3 factors you should keep in mind.

The Color of the Surrounding Teeth

If you are only going to be implanting a single dental implant, you really should consider how it will look in the grand scheme of things. While you might be tempted to choose a beautiful, white shade, natural teeth generally do not look like how they does in magazines. The yellow of the dentine and the blue and white color of the enamel causes natural teeth to adopt a light grey or light yellow shade.

Your dentist will generally recommend using a shade guide or reference photography to match the shade of the implant to your natural teeth. This is a good time to consider whether you would be interested in whitening your teeth regularly. If you have plans to whiten your teeth regularly, your dentist might recommend choosing a shade that is lighter and whiter than your natural teeth color. This is because the whitening treatments will not have an effect on the dental implants. As a result, you'll want to plan ahead to make sure that the shade and color implants will match the surrounding teeth after the whitening treatments.

The Amount of Implants Needed

Did you know that more than 30 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws? If you require more than one dental implant, the amount of implants that you need should also factor into your decision. Those who are going to be basically implanting a new set of teeth should really consider getting whiter and brighter implants. As your mouth will be mainly composed of dental implants, don't worry as much about matching the shade of the dental implant to your natural teeth shade. Instead, consider what the optimal shade for you may be.

Depending on your dental condition, there's a good chance that you'll eventually replace all of your natural teeth with dental implants. If this is a possibility, plan ahead for the future by making sure your dental implants are pearly white. This way, you'll eventually have a set of pearly white teeth, and you won't have to ask your dentist to remake your dental implants in order to get a brighter smile in the future. 

The Location of the Implant

The shade and color of the dental implants may not be a direct concern if the implants are going to be surgically placed in an inconspicuous area. For example, you shouldn't worry about matching the shade and color of implants that will replace your molars, as these molars are not going to be highly visible. In these situations, you won't have to be as diligent in making sure that the shade and color of the dental implants are perfect.

Needless to say, if the implants are for your front teeth or for teeth that will be highly visible, you'll have to be a bit more cautious. Since the shade and color of the implant cannot be easily changed, don't settle. Make sure you get exactly what you want.


You'd be surprised at how much effort goes into making sure that the dental implants are a precise color and shade. Your dentist will generally give you a color guide and go through different things you should consider with you, so that you make an informed decision that you won't later regret. For more information, contact an implant dentistry clinic in your area.