There are many reasons you may have a missing tooth, from injury to tooth decay. Many patients are concerned with how their smile looks when they have a missing tooth, but there's more to it then that.
The adjacent teeth can shift changing your bite and closing the space where the missing tooth was. The best treatment today for missing teeth is a dental implant. Unlike a bridge, placing an implant does not impact the surrounding teeth. An oral surgeon places a post in the bone, then the patient goes back to their dentist for the crown. With proper dental hygiene implants can last a lifetime.