Dental implants are quite superior, for several reasons, to alternative methods for tooth replacement. First, dental implants preserve both the underlying bone and the actual structure of your face. Second, they also look, feel and function like natural teeth; so, they can improve both your nutrition and your digestion as opposed to alternative methods. Third, dental implants restore your mouth as closely as possible to its natural state; therefore, you don’t have to worry about them coming loose or falling out. Your self-esteem and self-confidence can be maintained or enhanced by the comfort and natural appearance of dental implants. Additionally, one of the most important reasons to consider dental implants is that they provide a strong foundation for your teeth. A dental implant replaces the part of your tooth that is visible in your mouth, the crown of a tooth; however, dental implants also replace natural tooth roots where teeth are missing. Replacing the tooth root as well as the visible part of the tooth is vital because natural tooth roots are embedded in bone. This provides the stable foundation necessary to bite and chew normally. There is a give-give relationship because at the same time as the bone holds tooth roots in place, the roots preserve the bone. Missing teeth and roots cause deterioration in the bone that supported those teeth and roots. This deterioration process is called bone resorption. Dental implants preserve the underlying bone because the bone forms a very strong bond to the implants; so, they serve virtually the same function as natural tooth roots. A strong foundation for biting, chewing, speaking, and appearance is the result.