The decision to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or fixed bridge is largely a personal one. However, each has unique benefits patients should consider. A fixed bridge replaces a missing tooth by connecting a replacement to two crowns. These crowns are placed over surrounding healthy teeth to connect and stabilize the replacement tooth. A fixed bridge is effective, permanent, easily maintained, and minimally invasive. A dental implant, on the other hand, uses an implant post surgically inserted below the gum line to support a dental crown. Because there is a minor surgical procedure, patients with better oral and overall health will be better candidates. However, once the implant post is successfully positioned, it serves as a prosthetic root making an implant supported crown the most natural looking and feeling option. Additionally, the replacement of the root structure allows patients to avoid impacting healthy teeth in order to stabilize the prosthetic and protects and restores gum and bone tissue density.