I have a patient missing the lower left first molar and second premolar. I would like to place one implant in the first molar space and connect it with a bridge to the first premolar. This way I could replace two teeth using one dental implant. The other option would be to place 2 dental implants – one for the first molar and one for the second premolar. The second treatment plan is more costly. Would my first treatment plan, using only one implant, be in accordance with the standard of care or should I use two implants? I have heard many lecturers on this subject state that if done properly with appropriate case selection, it will work. What is your opinion?
Missing Lower First Molar and Second Premolar: One Implant or Two?