The main reason for their popularity among dentists and patients alike is because dental implants are the most durable and natural-looking option for replacing missing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Moreover, they can last a lifetime when properly cared for, making implants a win-win solution for the dentist and patient.
Another reason that more and more people are opting for dental implant treatment is that thousands of people who had previously been denied implants are now candidates thanks to breakthrough advances in implant procedure and material. As an example, those suffering from extensive bone loss simply lacked sufficient bone mass to support one or more implants. However, new procedures for building bone have eliminated that problem.
Even certain physical conditions that had once been thought to prohibit successful implant treatment (such as diabetes, anemia and osteoporosis), are no longer an obstacle. While it is up to the dentist to determine whether implant treatment is the best option, most people who need one or more teeth replaced and are healthy enough to undergo surgery are candidates for dental implants.