Have you lost a tooth, or are you facing the loss of a tooth? If so, then replacing that tooth is vital not just to the appearance of your smile, but to its health.

You have three options for replacing your lost tooth or teeth: dentures, dental bridges and dental implants. Dental implants are the best option available as they are the longest-lasting, best-looking way to restore missing teeth.

The Huge Demand for a Dental Implant

A dental implant is simply a small titanium post that is embedded in the jawbone and attaches onto a dental crown. The crown fills in the gap left by a lost tooth to restore the appearance, health and full use of your teeth. Dental implants are often recommended by dentists because they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. And while the cost of dental implants may be more than other options, their many benefits make them well worth the extra costs.

5 Reasons Why a Dental Implant is Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

There are several reasons why dental implants are the most secure, comfortable and preferred tooth replacement treatment. The primary reasons are because they:

  • Maintain facial appearance – When you lose teeth, your face starts to look sunken in. However, dental implants can preserve facial structure and keep you looking more youthful.
  • Keep teeth in place – When gaps are left between teeth, teeth begin to shift. But, dental implants keep teeth in their proper place.
  • Preserve the jawbone – Without a tooth root in the jaw, the jawbone decays and diminishes. However, a dental implant takes the place of the root to keep the bone healthy.
  • Are superior to dentures – Dentures tend to be uncomfortable, slip during the day, make eating a challenge and affect speech. Also, they often require repair and replacement. So though dental implant costs are initially higher, dentures eventually need more costly care.
  • Are better than bridges – Bridges can stress surrounding teeth and endanger your jawbone’s health because they are supported by nearby teeth instead of being secured by a tooth root. Both can cause expensive dental problems making the higher cost of dental implants more economical in the end.

Although dental implants are excellent tooth replacement options, we do have to note that they are still not as good as your natural teeth. Whenever possible, it’s best to preserve your natural teeth. But, if you have lost a tooth, nothing is as good at replacing it as a dental implant. Contact us to schedule your consultation today.

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