Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that remedy missing or damaged teeth. While dental implants are often categorized as cosmetic dentistry, make no mistake that implants can work to fix a variety of chewing and speaking issues that come with tooth loss. In addition, dental implants help to maintain jaw bone, which can, in turn, prevent bone loss in the future.
Bone grafting is a dental procedure that is used to reconstruct and strengthen the jaw in cases whereby the patient has suffered a traumatic injury or disease that has compromised the amount of or quality of the bone within the jaw. Bone grafting is often performed by a maxillofacial surgeon, who best understands the way in which the jaw needs to be restored to ensure optimal function and appearance.