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The Benefits of Dental Implants

Nobody likes losing teeth. Whether they fall out on their own or they need to be pulled due to damage or decay, losing teeth can be painful and damaging to your self confidence. It can also cause further damage to your gums and jaw. But before you give up hope and resign yourself to missing teeth, there are solutions to lost or fallen teeth that you may want to consider.


One of the least expensive and fastest solutions to missing teeth are dentures or a bridge. Dentures or “false teeth” are fitted to your individual jaw and look like natural teeth. They are removed each night and must be cleaned each time they’re removed, but they are generally well tolerated and solve the problem of missing teeth.

A bridge is a smaller denture that is connected to the surrounding teeth and stays permanently in place. It is similar to a denture but is not removable. You care for bridges in the same way you would your natural teeth: by brushing the crown and flossing around it each time you brush and floss the rest of your teeth.

The Gold Standard

While bridges and dentures are great solutions to lost teeth, the best solution is dental implants. Dental implants are crowns or prosthetic teeth that are permanently anchored to the jaw via a screw that is implanted into the jaw bone. Dental implants are secured in place permanently and look and feel just like natural teeth. They do not need to be removed and soaked like dentures, and they do not need to adhere to natural teeth to stay in place.

Dental implants have myriad benefits, including the preservation of your jaw bones and gum tissue. That’s because over time, when we have lost teeth our gums and jaw bones can deteriorate. This is why it is so important to replace missing teeth: the sooner, the better. Teeth replaced soon after removal have a higher rate of successful implantation with dental implants, as though it is rare, unfortunately sometimes implants can fail to stay secured in the jaw.

If you are interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants, Dr. Peterson can help. To schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, please contact the office for more information.

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