Dental Tooth Replacement and Importance of Dental Implants

Dental Tooth Replacement and Importance of Dental Implants

April 22, 2023

Missing teeth can cause difficulty speaking and eating, as well as affect your confidence. Dental implants are an effective option for replacing missing teeth. Let us help you understand what tooth replacement options are available.

Causes of Tooth Loss

Decay and Gum Disease

Acidic food and beverages, poor oral hygiene and irregular visit to the dentist can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, causing teeth loss.


Facial and oral injuries from accidents can damage teeth to the extant of extraction.

Genetics and Ageing

Tooth loss is also prevalent for older people due to their age and genetics.

Tooth Replacement Options

Removable Partial Dentures

A temporary option that can be removed easily. It is suitable for patients who need to replace a few missing teeth.

Fixed Bridges

A permanent replacement for missing teeth using a false tooth (pontic) held in place by being attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap.

Dental Implants

A permanent option that replaces the root of the missing tooth with an artificial root, which anchoring a prosthetic tooth into the jaw bone.

Importance of Dental Implants


Dental implants provide a lifetime solution making it highly convenient and cost-effective in the long run.

Retain Facial Structure

Dental implants help maintain your facial structure by not allowing the jawbone to deteriorate.

Improved Speech

With dental implants, speech is restored to its full capability providing a natural feel and allowing patients the freedom to speak without worry.

Factors Affecting Dental Implant Candidacy

Healthy gums and remaining teeth

Dental implants can only be done on a healthy jaw bone with healthy gums.

Health Conditions & Habits

Diabetics, smokers, and alcoholics have less chance of dental implant success.

Jawbone Density

A dense jawbone is required for the implant to be held securely, if the jawbone is not strong enough, a bone graft can help restore that.

Advantages of Dental Implants over other options


Dental implants are customized to match the color and shape of your natural teeth.


Dental implants are stronger and last longer than other tooth replacement options.


Dental implants are permanent, once placed and require no extra care, and makes it more comfortable to smile and laugh again.

Dental Implant Procedure and Aftercare

  • Initial Consultation
  • Preparation for implant placement
  • Surgical Placement
  • Recovery period
  • Healing Abutment Placement
  • Tooth Impressions
  • Abutment Attachment
  • Placement of Artificial Teeth

After the procedure, aftercare is important to keep your dental implant healthy and long-lasting.

Costs and Insurance Coverage for Dental Implants


Costs vary based on the number of implants needed and other factors, such as bone grafting.

Insurance Coverage

Many dental insurance plans do not cover implants due to its classification as a cosmetic procedure. However, some plans may cover it partially or in full.

Dr. Sonya Reddy received her education at the prestigious NYU College Of Dentistry, where she also received special training in Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Reddy is a member of the American Cosmetic Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and a SMART certified and accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology.