The majority of dental implant cases involve a single missing tooth in the posterior. In these cases a single implant and a crown can replace the single missing tooth. Due to the various factors making these cases typically the least complicated, the associated costs,time, effort and healing are therefore the least involved.
A single dental implant offers tremendous advantages over the usual alternative, a 3 tooth dental bridge.
Bridges require the teeth adjacent to the missing one to be reduced and prepared to accept crowns. And because often times these teeth are in pristine condition this is a significant amount of otherwise unnecessary tooth loss. This can compromise the longevity of the teeth. The use of dental implants allows us to leave these adjacent teeth alone, maximizing their life span ( saving time and money) and also maximizing your dental health.