Several advancements have been made over the last several decades to preserve natural teeth for longer than before; however, tooth loss remains a common problem. When one is missing, it can quickly cause you to feel insecure about your appearance—especially when you have lost one in the front. If you have a missing tooth in the back, you may feel that it is not as severe because no one can see that it is gone, but this is not true. The complications of missing teeth extend beyond aesthetic issues. Each tooth plays a vital role in your oral functions and health. Even though no one can see it, you must replace it. To regain a complete smile, dental implants have quickly become the preferred choice.
Why Do I Need to Replace My Missing Tooth?
Although your back teeth are hidden from sight, they have an important job to do. They allow you to grind and chew your food into smaller pieces to make it easier to swallow. Not to mention, they are the foundation for ensuring a proper bite. If your bite changes from a missing tooth, it can lead to difficulty chewing, as well as a condition known as a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This painful condition can significantly decrease your quality of life.
When a tooth is lost, its root in no longer in place to stimulate the jawbone. As a result, your body decides that the area is no longer necessary, so you will begin to lose density in the jawbone. Over time, this will cause your remaining natural teeth to lose support.
They will begin to shift toward the open space. This causes alignment issues, making the teeth more difficult to clean. As a result, you develop an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. It also changes your bite, leading to a TMJ disorder.
As time goes on, your remaining teeth may become loose and eventually fall out. With each missing tooth, your oral health and functions will continue to suffer. To stop the complications of tooth loss, your implant dentist has the solution you need.
How Can I Replace My Molar?
A dental implant can stop the complications of tooth loss while improving your oral health and quality of life. By surgically placing an implant post into your jawbone, it acts as a tooth root. This not only provides a secure and stable foundation for the replacement tooth, but it also stimulates the jawbone to preserve its density.
A custom-made dental crown is then attached to the post via an abutment. It will be made to match your exact size, shape, and color needs to blend in seamlessly with your remaining teeth while also promoting your oral functions.
Treat Your Tooth Loss Today!
If you are missing a tooth in the back, it is time to invest in your oral health with a dental implant.
About Bethel Dental
At Bethel Dental, we believe that a healthy smile starts here. We offer advanced solutions to treat complex dental issues, such as tooth loss. If you need to replace a missing tooth, we can help. Contact our office today to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.