Even a single missing tooth causes a problem as neighbouring teeth lean in and the tooth opposite the gap starts to grow out of the bone, seeking its ‘mate’ in the opposing jaw. An implant with a crown on top restores your smile.
So even if you’re single missing tooth doesn’t concern you from a cosmetic point of view it’s worth considering having replaced. This can help prevent jaw joint problems in the future is your teeth inevitably move around the gap.
Dental implants can also help to stabilise the jaw around where the truth has come out. After a tooth has been lost there is inevitably a hole, the surrounding bone falls into this hole and overall bone quantity is lost. When bone quantity is lost this can then affect adjacent teeth as well as the gum line. Dental implants can fill this hole and therefore prevent this loss of bone.