Dental implants have advanced tremendously in the past two decades. Patients who previously had to be condemned to wearing loose fitting dentures now can often have their missing teeth replaced with implants. Healthy teeth do not always have to be cut down to install dental bridges because a missing tooth can now be replaced with dental implants!
In the past, many patients were refused this procedure because of a lack of adequate bone. Today, bone grafting methods have been developed to add bone to a patient's jaw to make placing dental implants possible.