Why Dental Implants Are a Top Choice For Replacing Missing Teeth

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The sad truth is that 178 million American mouths are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million have no teeth at all. Not only are missing teeth unsightly, but researchers have found a connection between tooth loss and higher blood sugar, blood pressure, and waist size, markers that point to an increased risk of heart disease.  

At Dental Illusions, we agree that a healthy mouth influences your overall health. Dr. Basil Moukarim can replace your missing teeth with dental implants, a top choice for restoring your smile and reducing health risks associated with tooth loss.

Ways to replace missing teeth

You don’t have to hide your mouth every time you smile. You can replace missing teeth in several ways.

Tooth-supported fixed bridge

This consists of two or more crowns assembled into an appliance that bridges the gap created by missing teeth. These fixed bridges attach to two or more natural, anchoring teeth that we ground down to accept the bridge.

Removable partial denture

A partial denture consists of an acrylic base and sometimes a metal framework that clips on and off existing teeth.

Resin-bonded bridge

Also known as a Maryland bridge, it has wings on each side that attach to adjacent teeth but doesn’t require any grinding preparation. These bridges often replace front teeth that don’t endure the biting and chewing pressure of back teeth.

Removable complete dentures

These false teeth adhere to your gums via adhesives. You must remove them regularly for cleaning.


This temporary partial denture — so-called because it flips in and out — fills gaps created by one or more missing teeth.

Bridges and dentures fill gaps, but they can slip and cause underlying bone to erode over time. Only dental implants replace teeth in a natural, durable way.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned into your jawbone and act like tooth roots. After six to 12 weeks, the posts bond with bone and are ready to accept porcelain crowns crafted in color and shape to look like your natural teeth. The result is a permanently restored smile of beautiful teeth that stay put and can last for decades.

Why dental implants are a top choice for the toothless

More and more patients are choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth. Here’s why.

Implants preserve your jawbone

Unlike dentures or bridges that rest on top of the gums and do nothing to stop jawbone erosion, implants stimulate and preserve your jawbone, maintaining your facial structure.

Implants don’t slip

They become permanently fixed to your jawbone, just like real teeth.

Implants last

You may pay more upfront for implants, but you could spend less over time because implants can last for decades. They can even outlast you.

Implants don’t make you talk funny

You’ll speak better with dental implants, rather than dentures or bridges that can move and affect speech and confidence.

Implants save time

Installing implants takes a few hours, but then you’re done. No removing and cleaning dentures every night, then gluing them back in the morning. Implants require only the same brushing and flossing as your dearly departed teeth.

Implants don’t wreck other teeth

Dental implants don’t compromise your existing teeth, which don’t have to be ground down to anchor a bridge.

Implants give you confidence

Implants are a confidence-booster because they look beautiful and never move.

Ready to choose dental implants to replace missing teeth? Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moukarim to learn more about how dental implants can restore your beautiful smile, or use our online reservation system.

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