If you are missing any teeth, it is only natural to want to replace them. While there are a few different replacement options, dental implants are far and away your best option. In fact, there are several advantages that dental implants have over other tooth replacement options.
The truth of the matter is that no other replacement option so closely mimics the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are placed deep into your jawbone and have no risk of moving around as you eat, drink, and speak. Dentures are also uncomfortable and hard to maintain. Dental implants are maintained in the same way you would maintain a natural tooth, through brushing and flossing. And perhaps the biggest downfall of dentures is that they can easily fall out of your mouth, causing substantial embarrassment if it happens in public. Since dental implants are placed firmly into the jawbone, there is no risk of something like that happening with dental implants.
Dental implants are also a better option when compared to a dental bridge. The placement of a dental bridge requires that the teeth surrounding the missing tooth be filed down so that they can be fit with a crown. No collateral damage to other teeth is required with dental implants. One of the main drawbacks of dental bridges is that they do not engage with your jawbone in any way. The reason this is important is because when you are missing a tooth, your body responds by starting to absorb the bone that used to hold the tooth. A dental bridge does not stop this process from playing out, but a dental implant absolutely does. Dental implants are placed deep inside the jawbone, keeping it stimulating, and thus preventing the bone loss that would otherwise occur. And while dental bridges can last around 10 years if they are well maintained, dental implants can last an entire lifetime with proper care.