Cosmetic Dentistry |4 min read

5 Reasons Dental Implants Are the Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Losing a tooth is no fun. Without a full, healthy set of teeth, you struggle to eat, speak, and function normally.

Even worse, you feel self-conscious about your missing tooth (or multiple teeth!). You speak with less confidence and avoid smiling. It affects every facet of your life – personal, career, relationships, and more.

We get it – you’re eager to get your tooth replaced and just feel normal again. Ideally, you don’t even want to think about it anymore.

You wonder: Is that even possible?

Yes, absolutely!

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There are several options to replace lost teeth, but we’ll jump straight to our favorite: dental implants.

Dental implants are truly the closest you’ll get to a natural tooth. They’re the number one missing teeth replacement solution for good reason – they look, feel, and function just like the real thing.

But that’s just the start.

In this article, we’ll cover the top 5 reasons why dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth.

1 – Completely natural look and feel

Dental implants replace your missing tooth from root to crown, leaving you a perfectly natural artificial tooth. The crown is custom-fit and color-matched, so it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Dental implants look so natural that no one will ever know it’s not real. Even if you tell them, they may not believe you!

In fact, you’ll likely forget it’s not real too.

2 – Eat, speak, and function normally

Dental implants feel and work just like the rest of your teeth, so you get your normal life back.

No more awkward eating, slurred words, or avoiding your favorite foods – implants completely restore the functionality of your smile.

3 – Preserve and protect your jawbone

Here’s where implants REALLY shine: They’re the only way to replace missing teeth that protects the underlying jawbone.

Why’s that?

Here’s a quick human biology lesson:

We often think of bones as sturdy, static parts of our body. But that’s not exactly true. Bones live, grow, and change all the time, and they need regular stimulation to maintain a healthy density.

That’s why load-bearing exercises, like running or lifting weights, are great not only for our muscles and cardiovascular systems, but also the strength of our bones…Opens in a new window to article from Harvard….

Your teeth work similarly.

When you chew food, it stimulates the underlying bone structure and keeps it healthy.

But what if you’ve lost a tooth?

You guessed it – no stimulation. Your jawbone isn’t getting the signals it needs to grow and quickly starts to deteriorate.

Lost jawbone density creates all sorts of problems. It can disrupt the rest of your tooth structure and lead to the dreaded “sunken in” look that makes you appear older.

Many tooth replacement solutions, such as dentures, crowns, and bridges, only fix the top part of your tooth. They may look nice, but you still may lose jawbone density.

Luckily, dental implants solve this problem by replacing the entire tooth from root to crown. Your jawbone gets the stimulation it needs, keeping your foundation healthy.

4 – Durable and long-lasting

Dental implants can be a significant up-front investment for many people, but it pays off in longevity and durability.

When properly cared for, implants are designed to last many decades, if not a lifetime.

Compare this to other teeth replacement solutions that often require frequent maintenance or replacement every few years. While it may seem cheaper initially, these options end up costing you more in the long run.

5 – Restore your confidence

Dental implants are clearly a practical investment in your physical health and quality of life, but we can’t ignore the less tangible perks.

Let’s tell it like it is – missing teeth is a serious confidence killer.

We love to hear from our patients how dental implants have renewed their sense of confidence and improved their self-image.

Improved confidence creates positive ripple effects, making you happier and more effective in all areas of your life.

In other words, when you look good, you feel good!

Ready to take the next step towards a complete smile?

Dental implants are a big decision. After all, you’ll be living with them for a long time! That’s why choosing an experienced implant dentist you can trust is critical.

At Smile Artistry, we’re more than just experts at placing dental implants.

Dr. Karen McNeill is at the top of her field in cosmetic dentistry, serving the Redmond and Seattle area since 1992. With her artistic touch, you can feel confident that you’ll love the final results.

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