Dental Implants

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What Can Happen If You Don’t Replace Missing Teeth?

You need all of your teeth to enjoy optimal oral health. If you choose not to replace a missing or extracted tooth, several undesirable things can happen.

Some of the most common consequences of tooth loss include bite issues, TMJ problems, jawbone resorption, and low self-confidence. Fortunately, there are several modern treatment options to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. These options include bridges, dental implants, and dentures.

Can You Replace All Your Teeth?

Smiling woman walking down office hallThe short answer is yes. If you are missing all of your teeth, there are a variety of tooth replacement options available to accommodate every lifestyle and budget. With more than 25 years of respected experience, board-certified prosthodontist Dr. John R. Phelps has helped thousands of patients enjoy strong, healthy, beautiful smiles, and he can help you, too.

Infographic: Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Dental implants are the most reliable form of tooth replacement. They are also the longest-lasting. Because they are inserted directly into the jaw, they are able to replace missing tooth roots, which helps prevent changes to the size and shape of jaw bone. After placement, dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration where they are secured into bone by osteoblasts and connective tissue.

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