An amazing cosmetic dentistry service that we offer here at North Pointe Dental Associates is dental implants. Unfortunately, there has been a major incline in tooth loss in the United States, whether due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. Dental implants act as a replacement tooth root. Once the implants are inserted in the patient’s mouth, it gives them a structure for removable or permanent teeth. They are specially matched implants to go with the patient’s natural-looking teeth. Dental implants haven’t been around forever, but they are something that is becoming extremely popular!  More importantly, there are many advantages to dental implants. Nowadays, appearance seems to be everything and looking your best is something everyone wants to achieve. Dental implants definitely enhance one’s appearance and create confidence within the patient. Implants are very natural and eventually meld together to become permanent. In addition to appearance, one will also notice improved comfort, speech, oral health, easier eating, convenience, and durability. Every dental implant is different, and by saying that, rates of success vary. A major reason why they vary is because of the placement of the missing teeth and where the implants will be inserted in the jaw. However, if the implants are successful, they are known to last a lifetime. When it comes to who can get dental implants, it is pretty much everyone that is in good health. These patients need to have healthy gums, enough bone, and overall good oral hygiene. In some cases, it would be necessary for heavy smokers, people who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, or radiation therapy to be evaluated individually by their Tampa cosmetic dentist.