People who have lost just one tooth often decide to replace it for purely aesthetic reasons. However there are also functional reasons to do so. If nothing is done to replace the missing tooth, the teeth on the antagonist arch run the risk of becoming loose and the adjacent teeth will move into the edentulous space (where the tooth is missing), leading to problems in these teeth and increased risk of losing them as well. The bone below the lost tooth starts to atrophy immediately once the tooth is gone.
There are several options the patient can choose from in replacing one missing tooth. The replacement options include a bonded prosthesis (Maryland style), a fixed partial prosthesis, a removable partial prosthesis or a single crown on an implant.
Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages: