Traditionally, when a tooth was lost, a fixed bridge was the treatment of choice. With a fixed bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are drilled down for crowns. The missing tooth is then connected to the crowns, and the 3-piece bridge is cemented into place.
Dental Implant Technology now enables you to replace missing teeth without the need to drill any other teeth. The implant replaces the missing natural tooth root, and the replacement white portion is attached directly to the implant. Your new tooth will look, feel, and function much like the natural tooth that it replaces. Implants are by far, the best way to replace missing teeth.
Millions of people have had one or more of their teeth replaced with implant supported replacements. There has been over forty years of proven research and successful results around the world showing that implants are very often the solution of choice for people with missing teeth.