There are highly predictable means of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants is one of the most recommended ones. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It is inserted into the jawbone and serves as an anchor for an artificial replacement tooth to be attached. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth multiple teeth or to secure and support dentures.

There are many advantages to dental implants. Durability and predictability are one of these. Implants are a predictable way to replace a missing tooth and are very durable. They can last over 25 years and they do not damage adjacent teeth like bridges and partials. Dental implants are also easier to clean and maintain compared to bridges, they function more like natural teeth. Implants improve speech and eating, they're not loose-fitting like dentures or partials. They make daily activities such as eating or talking much easier. Dental implants placed into the jawbone help preserve the remaining bone structure.

There are a few disadvantages to dental implants. For some people, the cost of a dental implant may be substantial and insurance plans do not typically cover the cost of implants. However, in most cases, this is the one-time cost. Unlike other types of tooth replacement procedures, it takes several months around three to six or sometimes it can be more to properly place and restore an implant site. Some people may consider this another disadvantage.

The final consideration is that dental implants require surgery. The implant has to be placed into your jawbone. Remember any type of surgery comes with some inherent risk. Dental implants are not placed in office, for the placement of an implant, it's better for you to have a dental specialist such as a periodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has further training in placing implants. Once the dental implant is placed and has completed the healing process. your doctors will attach the abutment and complete the final restoration to the implant.

Dental implants are a proven stable way to replace damaged or missing teeth. Make sure that you talk to your dentist or implant specialist if you'd like to learn more and determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.