I recently had several teeth pulled and as a result I now find myself in a situation where I have to make a rather quick decision regarding future treatment plans. I had two teeth pulled on the left side of my mouth: one upper and one lower, both of these teeth being vertically aligned with one another. The tooth to the right of the now empty space on the upper row has a cavity and is in need of a crown. I had not planned on addressing the issue of implants for the newly pulled/missing teeth anytime soon because I have other dental issues that I want to tackle first. Now that I am in need of a crown on the neighboring tooth I'm in a bit of a quandry. Since the one tooth is in need of a crown my dentist wants to place a three-unit bridge on the upper left hand side of my mouth. The bridge would take care of the empty hole, and it would also take care of the needed crown on the tooth with the cavity. I asked my dentist if he thought a bridge was a smarter/better option than a future implant and he very declaratively said "yes". I've done a bit of research on both implants and bridges, and I'm a little leery about bridges. (I realize that implants have their own set of issues too.) I'm very young and would most likely have to have the bridge replaced several times. I'm also not crazy about the idea of filing down the two supporting teeth and am concerned about a possible complete failure of the bridge at a later date if something happens to one of the other two teeth. Both procedures are extremely costly, but cost isn't my main concern right now: I want to do what is best for my mouth in both the short-term and the long-term. For anyone who has had experience with either bridges and/or implants, and for anyone in the dental industry, I would GREATLY appreciate any input regarding thoughts on bridges and implants, bridges vs. implants, and on the best course of action for me at this time. Many, many thanks.