Virtually all dental experts consider implants to be the optimal method of tooth replacement. Because the metal posts are embedded in the jaw, implant-supported restorations are much more stable than traditional prosthetics. Implants are also permanent and with proper care, implant-supported restorations can last for decades. In addition, like tooth roots, implants provide regenerative signals to the surrounding bone cells. In this way, they can prevent bone degeneration and further tooth loss.