Dental implants are considered artificial tooth roots and provide the permanent base for replacement teeth that are fixed. They are an effective long-term solution for those that suffer from chronic dental problems, missing teeth, or failing teeth. When a person has dental implants put in it is considered a major surgery. It is an expensive procedure that stretches over several weeks. The implant will take several months to fuse with your jawbone. As with any procedure there are pros and cons. Before making the decision to have dental implants, talk to your dentist to make sure that you are a good candidate for this surgery.

Pros

• They have a near natural appearance
• Can be used effectively as a treatment for various periodontal diseases like a tooth abscess
• You can benefit from this procedure if you have lost a healthy tooth during trauma or a physical injury.
• Dental implants can be used as a support where the adjacent teeth are not healthy
• They are meant to last a life time
• Require little to no maintenance
• The success rate of implants in a healthy person is as high as ninety-eight percent as long as they take good care of them postoperative
• For the crown you have a choice of ceramic or porcelain material with the porcelain being less expensive and will give you a more natural look.
• They give you the ability to eat and chew naturally
• Improved speech
• Dental implants are firm and will not slip
• They allow you to maintain good oral hygiene because you can floss and brush them naturally.
• Helps give you improved self esteem

Cons

• Not an option for everyone
• Very expensive
• Most dental insurances will not provide coverage for the procedure
• You can not get dental implants if you have bone diseases or a weakened jaw bone
• It is not a good idea to get them if you have a habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep
• There may be certain postoperative dental implant problems
• Impact rejection may happen in some people because their jawbone will not let the implant to fuse
• Because it is a dental surgical procedure you may notice swelling, infection, and bruising as with any other surgery.
• You may have to have the expense of replacing crowns every ten to fifteen years because over a period of time they could become scratched or stained.
• If you have more than one tooth missing you should invest in some other option for false teeth like bridges or dentures.