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Medically Reviewed by Lisa A. Turner, DDS, MSD

It’s important to take care of one’s teeth, not only because they serve an important function, but because they are also necessary for a confident, beautiful smile. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a strong set of teeth. Despite practicing stellar dental hygiene throughout life, it is still possible to lose teeth to gum or tooth weakness, or even to an accident. No matter what the reason, most people find it important to find a proper replacement for those missing teeth. While dentures are a simple alternative for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming a more convenient, permanent solution. The providers at Venice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry can tell you more about it. 

The Denture Drawback

Dentures are a popular way of replacing missing teeth. They are simple to insert, and look realistic enough to pass as real teeth. However, dentures do have their drawbacks. Often dentures become loose and begin to slip out of place. This may be due to something as simple as constant use, or due to changes in one’s gums. When gums shrink, which they do when they no longer need to support real teeth, dentures are no longer well supported and slip. No one wants to be at lunch and suddenly realize their teeth aren’t where they should be.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for the replacement of missing teeth. They are small posts or screws implanted in the jawbone with a replacement tooth, or teeth, fitted over them. Think of the posts or screws as artificial roots for new teeth. The replacement tooth is actually a crown that is permanently applied to the post and looks and acts just like a natural tooth. 

The Advantages of Dental Implants

With dental implants there’s no worry about artificial teeth sliding out at inopportune moments which can cause difficulty eating, speaking, and overall frustration. There will no longer be a need for dental adhesives or the hassle of taking teeth out in order to thoroughly clean them. Dental implants can be brushed and flossed the same as real teeth, making maintenance simple! They are very strong, and with proper care, will last for the rest of your life. 

Preparing for Dental Implants

It’s important to set up a consultation with your periodontist to ensure that dental implants are a possible alternative. In order to have a successful implant, one must have healthy gums, free of periodontal disease. In addition, one will need to have a series of X-rays completed in order to ensure there is a sufficient amount of jaw bone. Having a strong jaw bone is vital to supporting an implant.

A strong, healthy set of teeth is important. Consider getting dental implants as a permanent solution for missing teeth. Our providers at Venice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry are experts in the placement and care of dental implants. 

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