Advantages of dental implants are their supreme longevity, comfort and aesthetic. Once placed successfully, implants have a very high chance of lasting the rest of your life.
Disadvantages of dental implants are their relative complexity and cost.
What is a dental Implant?
Implants are tooth roots made of titanium. These metallic anchors act as root substitutes. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone; the bone then integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth (the process s called osseo-integration). Small posts called abutments are then attached to the implant which in turn supports the implant crown. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone loss, which occurs when teeth are missing for extended period of time.
While high-tech in nature and expensive, dental implants are actually more conservative than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support. They are stand alone structures which relies solely on the bone for support.