Despite advancements in dental technology, millions of Americans still struggle with tooth loss, mostly due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or accident. For years, the only treatments available for people with missing teeth were dentures and bridges. Now, with vast advancements in technology, dentists are able to provide dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots for missing teeth. Implants add a strong foundation for removable replacement or fixed teeth that are designed to match your real teeth perfectly so that nobody can tell the difference.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Below are 8 advantages of dental implants for missing teeth:

  1. Improved appearance. Dental implants feel and look like your own teeth. They are also designed to merge with your jaw bone so they become permanent.
  2. Improved speech. People often experience problems with dentures due to the fitting not always being perfect. This can enable slippage within the mouth causing slurred or mumbling of words. With dental implants, this is no longer an issue. Dental implants always have a perfect fit and allow you to speak confidently.
  3. Comfort. Because dental implants are fused to your mouth there is no discomfort or having to remove them like dentures.
  4. Pleasant eating. Slippage with dentures can often make chewing problematic. Dental implants function like your natural teeth allowing you to chew your food normally without issues.
  5. Self-esteem. Dental implants are aesthetically perfect and create a beautiful smile. You’ll want to show off your teeth and your smile with confidence.
  6. Oral health. Dental implants can improve oral hygiene because they don’t require removing other teeth the same way a bridge does. More of your teeth are left unchanged which allows easier access between teeth, improving oral health.
  7. Durability. Implants will last many years and are extremely durable. As long as you take care of your implants, they will last forever.
  8. Convenience. Unlike dentures, implants are permanent. There’s no need to remove implants and there is no messy adhesive needed to keep them in place.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have up to a 98% success rate. It really depends on where in the jaw the implants are fused, but in general, it’s very uncommon for implants to have any issues at all.