Why Dental Implants Are the Best Treatment for Missing Teeth

May 10, 2023
Have you lost one or more of your permanent teeth? If so, dental implants are one of the best solutions for replacing a missing tooth and restoring your oral health. Take a moment to learn the many ways this treatment option can benefit you.

If you have one or more of your teeth missing, you want the best possible option to restore your smile. Here, we explain why dental implants are known as the gold standard for replacing missing teeth and improving your oral health.

The dental implant serves as a foundation for your replacement tooth or teeth so you don’t have to worry about it slipping or moving like dentures or bridges can.

Here at Westgate Dental in West Des Moines, Iowa, Ryan Langel, DDS, and Jeremy Flinkman, DDS, recommend dental implants as the best remedy for replacing missing teeth. Here’s why.

The benefits

When it comes to dental implants, you can rely on many advantages, including:


One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is how they look. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are designed to mimic the appearance, feel, and function of your natural teeth. They're also custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of your existing teeth.

Their natural-looking appearance helps restore your smile, confidence, and quality of life.


Dental implants are designed to withstand the forces of biting and chewing, just as your natural teeth do. Because the dental implant is secured to your jawbone, you can eat your favorite foods and speak with confidence. 

Good investment

While dentures and bridges may need to be replaced every 5-10 years, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. This makes them a cost-effective solution in the long run, and you won't need to worry about replacing your teeth for many years to come. 

Because dental implants are a long-term investment, they can help you save money on future dental expenses.

Easy to care for

You take care of your dental implant just like you take care of your teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss daily. You should also maintain your routine visits for regular checkups

Preserves your oral health

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates your jawbone. They help prevent bone loss and gum recession that often occur when teeth are missing. 

When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone and gum tissue begin to break down over time. This can lead to a host of dental problems, including further tooth loss, gum disease, and even changes to your facial structure.

Dental implants also help prevent the shifting of your remaining teeth, which can lead to overcrowding, misalignment, and additional dental problems.

Next steps

If you’re thinking about restoration options for one or more of your missing teeth, book a consultation with our team. We can evaluate your dental needs and your overall oral health and determine if dental implants are the right long-term solution for you.

Contact our friendly office staff today by phone at 515-223-5001 or click here to book an appointment online.