Dental Implants: A Game-Changer in Replacing Missing Teeth

Dental implants, the best choice for replacing missing teeth.

It happens sometimes. Teeth severely damaged by decay or injury must be removed. But gaps in your smile can cause you to lose self-confidence and eventually impact your oral health. So, what’s the answer?


In the past, removable dentures and bridges were your only solution for missing teeth. These days, dental implants offer a better fix for filling in your smile, whether you’re missing just one or a whole mouthful of teeth.


Dr. Joey Cazares and his colleagues at Dental Associates — located in McAllen, Penitas, and Mercedes, Texas — are implant specialists. These oral health care experts have several reasons for recommending dental implants as a game-changer for replacing missing teeth.

Dental implants provide a strong foundation for your smile

Unlike traditional dentures or bridges that rest on top of your gums, dental implants are surgically anchored into your jaw. The implants include a small titanium “root” and a connector (abutment) that’s capped by an above-the-gum crown that looks like a natural tooth.


Getting a dental implant is an in-office procedure that typically requires only local anesthesia to prevent discomfort. It’s well-tolerated by most of our patients, who often report it’s much less painful than a tooth extraction.


The titanium root provides a secure foundation for your new tooth and eliminates the slipping, sliding, and discomfort that you may experience with traditional dentures. We can use implants to replace one or all of your teeth or as a tool for better securing dentures in place.    

Implants provide the look and feel of natural teeth

Your natural gums remain visible when you opt for dental implants, and the porcelain material used for the crowns reflects light the way your natural teeth do. Dental implants are also easy to care for — just floss and brush as usual, and see your dentist regularly for routine exams.

These and other factors combine to create a smile that so closely mimics natural teeth that you may eventually forget you didn’t grow them yourself.    

Dental implants help protect your oral health

Your teeth work together to support one another and help keep your bite aligned. When you don’t replace a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to move into the gap. This causes difficulty with your bite, makes it harder to clean your teeth, and increases your risk of fracturing or cracking a tooth when you chew.

Misaligned teeth also create problems for your gums. Meant to fit snugly against your teeth, gums affected by missing teeth can loosen and form pockets that allow bacteria to enter and set off the start of gum disease.

Implants protect the strength and health of your jaw

Much like what exercise does for your muscles, tooth roots naturally interact with the bony tissue of your jaw and help keep it strong and dense. When you’re missing a tooth and the root that goes along with it, your jaw weakens.

This can significantly affect your facial structure over time. The titanium roots used for dental implants are bone-friendly and offer the same healthy benefits of natural teeth as they interact with your jawbone.

Patients love the results dental implants provide

Millions of people in the United States have opted for dental implants to replace missing teeth. Success rates are an overwhelming 98% or higher. Our patients enjoy the natural appearance, comfort, and durability of dental implants and often recommend the procedure to friends and family members.For more details about dental implants and whether they’re the right option for replacing your missing teeth, schedule a consult today with Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates at a location that’s convenient for you. We welcome adults and children to our family-friendly dental practice.

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