If one or more of your teeth are missing or at risk of falling out, dental implants can provide you with a natural-looking and hassle-free smile. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, over 3 million people in the United States have chosen to replace missing teeth with dental implants, and that number is rising steadily.

Read on as Dr. Matthew Warner of Willoughby Dental explains why so many people with missing teeth opt for implants.

Implants Restore the Look and Feel of a Natural Tooth

A dental implant is comprised of a titanium post and a false tooth. The post is implanted in the space in the jawbone where the natural tooth fell out. The post fuses with the jawbone, creating a very strong bond.

An artificial tooth is constructed to match the surrounding natural teeth in size, shape and color. The false tooth is affixed to the implant post. It should feel very secure and stable in the mouth.

If you elect to replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants, you can enjoy all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth or smile. You can chew and bite comfortably, speak clearly and smile confidently.

Help Preserve Healthy Jawbone

Normally, when a natural tooth falls out, the underlying jawbone supporting the tooth starts to deteriorate due to lack of use. Since implants are anchored in the jawbone, chewing on them provides the stimulation the bone needs to survive.

Do Not Rely on the Surrounding Teeth for Support

Another benefit to replacing a tooth with an implant is the fact that the implant does not depend on the surrounding teeth for strength or support. Unlike a partial denture or a bridge, which attach to the teeth adjacent to the gap, implants stand on their own. It is better for the surrounding natural teeth’s long-term health if they are not modified or ground down in order to accommodate a bridge or denture.


Dental implants have a very high success rate and are considered virtually permanent. A properly placed, well cared for and regularly checked implant can last a lifetime.

Learn More about Dental Implants

To learn more about dental implants and determine whether they are right for your needs and goals, please request an appointment with Dr. Warner at Willoughby Dental today.