There are a few options to replace a missing tooth. Each options has advantages and disadvantages with varying cost. It is important to restore a missing tooth for both function and aesthetics. Loss of a tooth causes more force distribution on adjacent teeth which can lead to cracks and increased wear. An additional reason to restore a missing tooth is should you have an accident and require an implant, ACC will only contribute towards an implant if there are no other missing teeth (apart from wisdom teeth and orthodontically removed teeth).
Implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jaw bone. Once a dental implant has osseointegrated (fused) to the bone, a dental crown can placed on top of the implant to replicate the missing tooth.
A bridge uses an adjacent tooth or implant to support a crown (tooth replica). A bridge is fixed in place.
Dentures are made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. Dentures need to be removed after every meal for cleaning and left out at night.
Not all of these options are always possible. For example implants are not recommended if there is untreated periodontal disease, bridges are not recommended if the teeth either side of the missing tooth are compromised.