When a tooth is extracted or missing from the mouth, a process called bone loss occurs. Without a tooth to hold and preserve the jawbone, the bone starts to reabsorb. This can start to affect other teeth surrounding the area. Over time the teeth in the area will face stability issues.
By placing a dental implant, bone loss is reduced, meaning the adjacent teeth are no longer at risk. Implants also help keep a one tooth problem a one tooth problem. Meaning, if a single tooth is lost, one implant with a crown can be placed. In the past, bridges were the only option to replace a single missing tooth. While bridges are still indicated in certain situations, they require the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to be cut down for crowns, once these teeth are cut, it is irreversible.