For many years, there were only two treatment options offered to people with missing teeth: bridges and dentures. But thankfully for you, there’s a third choice now: dental implants. And thank goodness for that.

So what exactly are dental implants? Basically, they’re replacement tooth roots, providing a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth specially designed to match your natural teeth. Here are a few reasons you should be getting in touch with a dentist (find your closest one here) regarding implants.

You look better because you look like yourself.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth (in their heyday). Which means you can have the same smile at 60, as you did at 16. Heck, you can even be 90 – anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for an implant.

You sound better too.

Ill-fitting dentures can cause your teeth to slip within your mouth (if you don’t know the feeling, we hope you never do) and this often leads to slurring or mumbled speech. Dental implants let you speak the way you’ve been used to speaking.

You’re healthier.

Improved oral health is yet another brilliant reason to consider dental implants – unlike tooth-supported bridges, they don’t require reducing other teeth. Because of this, more of your own teeth are left intact which is seriously beneficial for your long term health. You’ll also find that individual implants allow easier access between teeth which improves oral hygiene.

You can return to the joy of food, glorious food.

Sliding dentures make chewing difficult as generations of people before you had to learn the hard way, confining themselves to bowls of thin gruel. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be an option for you. Dental implants function the way your own teeth do (or did) leaving you free to eat all your favourite meals.

Keep your hair on. They keep for ages.

Implants are very, very durable and last many, many years. If you take good care of them (regular visits to your dentist and proper maintenance will help you do that), they can even last a lifetime.

Your teeth are where they belong.

In your mouth, basically, as opposed to a container on your bedside stand. The problem with removable dentures are that they’re, well, removable. Which can be kind of embarrassing (are they going to slip while you smile?) and inconvenient, especially with the messy adhesives needed to keep them in place. Dental implants restore the confidence and convenience a beautiful set of working teeth can give you. Especially because they’re your teeth.