5 ways dental implants improve your smile—and your life!

Losing your natural teeth, whether it’s due to injury, tooth decay or some other medical reason, can be a traumatic experience. For many years, bridges and dentures were the only solution for those with missing teeth.

But that’s changed.

“These days, dental implants often represent the best option for replacing teeth,” says dentist Dr. Myrna Pearce of On Track Dental in Port Coquitlam. “The results are excellent.”

According to Dr. Pearce, here are 5 reasons to choose dental implants over dentures when replacing missing teeth:

1. Dental implants are permanent and look natural.The procedure begins with the dentist inserting a metal anchor into the jaw bone using a process known as osseointegration, which allows the jawbone to grow into the implant. An artificial tooth or crown that matches the rest of your teeth is later attached.  

2. Dental implants are convenient and comfortable. Dentures and bridges can affect speech, can make eating more difficult and can be a hassle to clean. Because dental implants function just like your own natural permanent teeth, there’s no need to worry about these everyday annoyances.

3.Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98% and can last a lifetime.The procedure can be done with a local anesthetic at the dentist’s office. 

4. Dental implants are cared for the same way as natural teeth. Brushing and flossing are important, as are regular dental checkups.

5. Dental implant technology has made great strides in recent years. Computerized tomography, a critical breakthrough, eliminates the need for a preliminary surgery to make impressions of the jawbone.

Dr. Pearce and her team at On Track Dental have a wealth of experience and expertise in the area of implant dentistry.  Dr. Pearce is a Diplomate with the American Board of Implantology.


To set up an appointment with Dr. Pearce or to learn more about implant dentistry, get in touch with On Track Dental at #2203 – 2850 Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam. You can also check out their website, call 604-552-9700 or send them an email

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