A gap in your smile doesn’t have to compromise your self-confidence. Today, you have several options for replacing your missing tooth or teeth in a way that will allow you to eat, talk, and smile normally.

That said, not all replacement teeth are created equal. At A&N Dental in Tempe, Arizona, Mandana Kheshtchin, DDS, and Brent Woodmansee, DMD, offer dental implants because they give patients the best results — and they do so for life. 

Why should you consider dental implants? Let’s take a look at three things that set them apart. 

They look and feel natural

When you’re in the market for a replacement tooth, you’re probably going to consider dentures. While dentures are a fast way to fill in the gap in your smile, many people say they’re prone to moving around in your mouth. That can make talking and eating a challenge. 

Dental implants are different. These replacement teeth get anchored to your jawbone, so you get the same stability and comfort you expect from your natural teeth. In fact, once your dental implant is in place, it should look and feel just like any other tooth in your mouth. 

They’re easy to maintain

If you don’t want to deal with the finickiness of dentures, you might also consider dental bridges. These replacement teeth float over the gap in your smile, held in place by crowns over your natural teeth on either side. 

The issue then becomes maintaining the dental bridge. You’ll need to take extra steps to clean under the bridge each day, using specialized tools like dental picks or floss threaders. Ultimately, keeping your mouth healthy requires more work once you get a bridge.

On the other hand, since dental implants function just like your natural teeth, they don’t require any specialized care. Brushing and flossing them just like the rest of your teeth keeps them in top shape. 

They last for life

Another pro for dental implants: they’re permanent. Once rooted in your jawbone, your new replacement tooth should last your lifetime (with proper care, of course).

Not so with dentures or bridges. Generally, you’re looking at getting a new set of both types of replacement teeth every 5-7 years, even with proper care. 

Ultimately, if you want a long-lasting, comfortable-feeling, convenient replacement tooth, you should consider dental implants. To learn more and to find out if they’re an option for you, call our office in Tempe, Arizona, or book your appointment online today.