Our patient was missing a lower right first premolar for many years. Due to having a missing tooth, the adjacent teeth had drifted and the space became smaller. Although orthodontic treatment was an option to re-position his teeth properly and recreate the original dimensions for a new tooth, the patient opted to simply proceed with replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant. The image below shows the xrays of the narrow space with a missing tooth followed by an immediate post-operative xray of the implant and finally the implant restored with a crown.
Once completed, the patient was back to chewing properly and surrounding teeth were stabilized from drifting further. The increased surface area for chewing provided by the implant improved the patient's ability to eat and prevented food impaction that was annoying him for many years.