Dental Implants help impede and or slow down the bone resorption process. Bone resorption after a tooth extraction occurs because the body doesn’t expend energy in area where there is missing teeth. The jawbone needs constant stimulation from a tooth or a dental implant for it to maintain the bone in an area. When a missing tooth is not replaced with a dental implant, up to 50% of bone can be lost in 12 months. It is imperative to have a dental implant placed in this time frame so more costly bone-grafting procedures are not needed.