Dr. Kuhn recommends replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant. Implants are natural-looking, long-lasting, stable, and feel and act like your original teeth. Dental implants are the modern solution for replacing missing teeth.
Traditional dental bridges require that the teeth adjacent to the gap be prepared to receive dental crowns..
We evaluate each person on an individual basis to determine what is the best course of action for you. When considering dental bridges, we evaluate the health of the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth, because dental bridges require that these neighboring teeth be shaved down as preparation for crowns that support the bridge.
If the adjacent teeth are healthy, we prefer to use a dental implant so that it isn’t necessary to alter these teeth. If the neighboring teeth are not in good condition, or already have crowns, this is not a concern and we use a traditional bridge for a more affordable solution.