Many patients experience continued tooth decay into adulthood. Crowns are needed to replace large fillings that break and get more decay. After a root canal done through the crown, continued decay requires tooth removal. This is a common case scenario for some patients who are genetically predisposed to cavities; and others who were not raised with fluoride in their drinking water. A dental implant replaces the lost tooth without the need to grind down two good teeth for a bridge; and the best news is that implants do not get cavities!
In this case a lower first molar with a root canal and crown had continued decay and could not be treated. This is a key tooth for chewing. A single dental implant was able to restore natural function and prevent tooth drifting and changes in the bite. Below is the patient restored to normal function with a beautiful crown.