With proper care, dental implants can last for decades. Oral health as well as overall health can increase the likelihood that your implant will successfully heal. Individuals that suffer from gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis may not be eligible for implant surgery without treatment of the disease, because the bacteria that causes gum disease can lead to bone loss around an implant.
Replacing missing teeth can be vital to long term oral health. If left untreated, gaps can cause teeth to shift and the pockets in the gums can become breeding grounds for unwanted bacteria that can cause disease.
Dental implants are more than a cosmetic solution to lost teeth. Implants can prevent unwanted dental problems in the future.