Re: Is tooth implant necessary?
I have two implants. I love them. The others have pointed out why it's good to do something rather than leave the gap there. The problem with a bridge is that they have to grind down the tops of two perfectly good teeth on either side to install it. Not a fun process even with good anaesthesia. And my husband is now dealing with decay in one of the teeth holding up a bridge. (They extracted the tooth, which couldn't be repaired, and now have to do a bridge spanning a double gap.)
My implants were done in stages. First the extraction plus buildup with a bone graft, and a few months to heal. Then, a few months later, they put in the titanium plate with a threaded hole in it and gave that time to heal. Then, a few months after that, they screwed the fake tooth into it. Husband also has an implant- another bridge where a tooth holding it up decayed and had to be extracted.
If you have a medical savings account through your employer, you can put the money aside in that for 2010. Even though it's taken out of your pay throughout 2010 the money is available to you after January 1. Good luck with whatever you decide!