Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed into your jawbone to support replacement teeth, or anchor dentures. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reasons. Dental implants can look, feel and function like natural teeth.
After a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to shrink and results in a ridge defect, which makes the future restorative treatment difficult or impossible. The best way to prevent this shrinkage is to bone graft the area at the time of extraction. In many cases, ridge defect can also be corrected by bone grafting procedure. After the healing and maturation of the bone graft, dental restorations (dental implants, bridge and denture) can be placed.