Dental implants are titanium cylinders that fuse to the bone and can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. In certain cases, it allows you to restore a missing tooth without having to wear a removable prosthesis or prepare the adjacent teeth.
My patient’s chief concern was a retained baby tooth that had discolored and was now loose. The baby tooth had to be taken out and we discussed the various treatment options. He could restore the space with a removable partial denture, a fixed bridge, or a dental implant and crown. He was hesitant to have a removable replacement that he would have to take in and out. He also did not want a bridge which would require preparing the adjacent teeth.
He chose to have the baby tooth removed and the space was restored with a dental implant and crown.