Losing a tooth to an injury or decay doesn’t mean you have to live with a gap in your smile.
The more old-fashioned way to replace a missing tooth was to use a fixed bridge, which consisted of three units; two crowns that fitted over the existing teeth and one to fill the gap of the missing tooth.
However, because the two healthy natural adjacent teeth have to be filed down to accommodate the bridge, they can never function as normal teeth again and the process is irreversible.
A dental implant can replace any missing tooth without affecting healthy neighbouring teeth, and the artificial ‘root’ implant greatly slows bone loss. It also maintains alignment of the neighbouring teeth so they don’t start to lean.