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I had my wisdom tooth (#32) pulled a long time ago. I also had my 1st molar (#30) pulled a few years ago. I mainly chewed with my 2nd molar (#31) on that side, a single molar with 2 teeth missing on either side. That tooth also had a root canal and a crown from years ago. Last week my dentist told me that molar's root was infected and couldn't be saved. He removed the tooth and did an implant now it's in the healing stage.

Here's a visual chart of my current teeth condition:

After it heals in 4 months, my dentist plans to do a abutment/crown on the implanted tooth, and build a bridge to cover the gap of #30. The bridge would be between #31 (implanted) and #29 (real tooth).

I heard somewhere today that it's not a good idea, because the real tooth "wiggles" and if there's an implant attached to it via a bridge, it would "wiggle" the implant too and that's bad. Bridges should be between 2 implants or 2 real teeth, not 1 of each.

What's a better idea, what my dentist planned on, or just have another implant on the missing "gap" tooth (#30)? If the bridge is a bad idea, can I just have the implant on #31 and leave a gap in #30, like I have for years? Will a solo-implant be weak and easily breakable because there's no "support"?

Thanks everyone for the help.

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