Dental implants have become the most reliable and ideal replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. Implants require adequate bone to anchor them in place for long term function.
After a tooth is removed, bone at that area quickly atrophies and is lost. Therefore, if an implant is planned for replacing a tooth which will be extracted, a bone graft is placed in the socket at the time of tooth extraction to help preserve more bone.
If there is deficient bone in the area where an implant is planned to be placed, a different bone grafting procedure is used to achieve the necessary amount of bone for implant placement.
Soft tissue (gum tissue) grafting procedures may also be necessary in conjunction with implants and/or bone grafting procedures.