In the past, dental bridges were the most common tooth replacement option when a single tooth was missing. Today, the advances in medical and dental technology allow us to replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are currently the most advanced tooth replacement options. They not only provide the patient with the most natural look, function, and feel, but they also allow you to keep healthy neighboring teeth that otherwise would have been filed down with bridges.
Dental implants also stimulate the surrounding jawbone; therefore, patients are able to maintain bone structure even when their original tooth is missing. Bridges do not penetrate the bone, which may cause the bone to start deteriorating and lead to additional bone loss. Implants help prevent bone loss in addition to allowing you to maintain a beautiful, radiant smile.