More and more patients who are missing one or more teeth are choosing dental implants. Dental implants offer a long-lasting, convenient, and natural-looking alternative to dentures and bridges. And if you practice good oral hygiene, they may even last you a lifetime. The Phoenix dental implant experts at Desert Smiles are pleased to offer dental implant services to our patients. A dental implant replaces the root of your natural tooth. The implant itself is essentially a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into your jawbone. The jawbone then fuses with the implant so that it physically becomes part of your body. Finally, a dental crown is placed on top of the implant to create a prosthetic tooth that has a very natural appearance. The implant looks, feels, and functions just like a real tooth. If you take good care of your teeth, your dental implants can last for years. That means you need to brush and floss daily and continue to come in for regular checkups and cleanings. Failure to do so could lead to periodontal disease, just like with a natural tooth. But if you maintain good oral health, you can expect your implants to last for decades, if not a lifetime. To learn more about the many advantages that today’s dental implants offer patients, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout the Phoenix area.