Today, Americans are living longer than ever before. And with longevity comes the need for healthy, functional teeth. If you have lost a tooth and are considering replacement options, keep in mind that dental implants are the most secure, naturally-appearing option. Aside from the aesthetic advantages, dental implants offer the same biting force as fixed bridges, and often last a lifetime. Other Benefits of Dental Implants •Bone loss prevention: Because they are placed into your jawbone, dental implants effectively prevent bone loss and gum recession. They are also sturdier than dentures and ill-fitting bridgework. •Increased confidence: With dental implants, you can live without denture paste and no longer have to worry about your dentures slipping, or making embarrassing popping or clicking noises when you talk or chew. Dental implants feel and function the most like your natural teeth. •Reliability: The success rate of dental implants is extremely high; most will last you your entire lifetime. Be sure to maintain good oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and flossing to ensure the health of your implants. At Desert Smiles in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Donald Wilcox, DDS is a talented and well-trained Scottsdale cosmetic dentist, ready to restore your dazzling smile. If you live in Scottsdale or Peoria, Arizona area are interested in dental implants, please contact the Scottsdale cosmetic dentists at Desert Smiles today to learn more and schedule your smile analysis.