This Salt Lake fireman lost this tooth to gum disease. Rather than let the bone resorb further a decision was made to extract the tooth and place an implant. Dr Gleave removed the tooth and grafted the area, then waited several months and placed the dental implant. No incisions were made, just a small punch in the tissue with the dental laser and the implant was set into the bone, No bleeding, pain, or swelling. I small healing cap is placed over the implant to protect the implant and form the gum tissue. After a couple more months Dr Gleave will place a post and crown on the implant and the area will function just like the tooth was never removed. This is a far superior treatment to placing a bridge, which would require unnecessarily grinding down 2 adjacent teeth.