Dental implants are not the only option you have when looking to replace one or several missing teeth. But we believe in many cases, it is the best option. Below are five good reasons to consider having dental implants over more conventional tooth replacement methods. 1. A Stable, Lasting Solution to Missing Teeth Implants are very durable and are built to last a lifetime. With proper placement and care, dental implants should not need to be removed or replaced. 2. Improved Oral Function Once they become integrated into the jaw bone, dental implants function very similar to natural teeth. This means that biting into apples or chewing a nice juicy steak should not pose any problems for dental implant wearers. Eating often becomes easier to do once the missing tooth is replaced and you don't have to worry about anything slipping around or falling out of the mouth like you might with other tooth replacements. Many dental implant wearers also report improved speech as there is nothing in the mouth that could cause slurred words as there often is with bridges, partials, or dentures. 3. Improved Appearance Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth. So much so that most people will not even notice that they are implants, even if they are inside their own mouth. Another advantage of implants is that they preserve the bone around them which can prevent premature aging and facial skin sagging. 4. Improved Oral Health With many conventional tooth replacement methods, the bone of the surrounding teeth must be ground down to hold the restoration in place. Dental implants do not require the surrounding teeth to be altered and because they act as the tooth's root, it stimulates the bone in that area to continue growing which decreases the risk of bone and tooth loss in the surrounding area. 5. Boost Self-Esteem A person's smile is often the first thing people notice about them. Having missing teeth can be a big source of embarrassment for people. Also wearing ill-fitting or slippery partials and dentures can make people self-conscious of their appearance. Dental implants are made to be permanent replacements for the missing tooth and they will not slip or move around. Because they look and feel so natural, dental implant wearers can smile with confidence knowing their smile is beautiful and healthy! If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact the dental implant specialists at Joseph R. Nemeth DDS & Associates at 248-357-3100. More information is also available here.