Did you know, having even one tooth missing can lead to a variety of dental problems…? Teeth opposite and adjacent usually drift towards the space disrupting the bite; teeth adjacent have to now work harder when you chew or grind at night; the way plaque gathers in the space is more difficult to clean. Saving your natural tooth would be the ultimate solution. An implant to replace it is most often the gold standard if you need it extracted. This is all just one example of preventative dentistry.