Dental Implants: Are They Necessary?

When you find yourself faced with a decision regarding replacing missing teeth, you will discover the exceptional advantages of dental implants. While you like what you hear, you may wonder whether implants are really necessary, what might happen if you choose something else, and ultimately … what to do. Fortunately, we can help guide you toward understanding what makes implants a beneficial decision for missing teeth.

Do I Need Implants?

The key term here is, “need.” Of course, you will continue to survive and move through life even if you do not choose to replace your missing teeth. However, a number of negative side effects will affect your oral health as well as your general wellbeing. So, if you would like to completely restore your smile back to its previous structure and level of health, then yes – you will need dental implants. They are the only path toward achieving a complete smile that mimics your previously natural grin (replacing entire teeth, rather than just their crowns).

What If I Choose Something Else?

If you choose something else, you will be able to enjoy a full smile. Your teeth will look as though they have been replaced but you will only restore the part of your tooth that sits above your gumline (such as with a bridge or denture). If you choose one of these methods rather than relying on dental implants, you may miss out on the following benefits:

  • Other prosthetics will not protect your jaw health
  • Other solutions will require occasional repairs or replacements – implants may last for the remaining years of your life


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).