May 8, 2019
If you’re missing a front tooth, everyone can tell immediately. Its visible position creates an obvious and noticeable gap in your smile. In this situation, you definitely want to replace that tooth. But what about when you’re missing a back tooth? Only a few people would likely realize that the gap is back there, so does it really need to be replaced? Although back teeth do not affect your smile’s aesthetics, they are extremely important and need to be replaced if you lose them. Keep reading this post to understand why and how getting dental implants can restore you your smile’s full function, health, strength, and beauty.
What Happens When You Lose a Tooth
No matter where in the mouth, a missing tooth can cause problems for your oral health. The remaining teeth can shift out of place to compensate for the gap left behind, or they can tip or rotate. These changes result in malocclusion, or misalignment in your bite. As a result, you may wear down the enamel of certain teeth faster and experience jaw pain more frequently.
In addition to a shift in teeth position, losing even just one tooth leaves the jaw bone without stimulation. Then it starts to deteriorate and lose density soon after extraction. Over time, this loss causes your facial structure to change and appear saggy and old. Plus, it can also lead to additional tooth loss. By not replacing your missing back tooth with the right restoration option, you create another aesthetic problem.
Why Back Teeth Are Important
Although not critical for appearance’s sake, your back teeth serve a purpose for your body. The deep grooves of your back teeth are able to grind and chew your food into smaller bits for easier digestion. Without the use of one of your back teeth, you ability to do these things will be diminished. This can lead to indigestion or poor nutrition, impacting the rest of the body. When you lose a back tooth, you need to consider replacing it so that you can regain full function and give yourself better chances of keeping your body healthy.
How Dental Implants Can Help
Although other tooth replacement options fill in the gap of one or more missing teeth, the only one that addresses the entire tooth—including the root—is dental implants. These surgically placed posts go beneath the gumline, keeping the jaw bone stimulated and growing strong. Then, after sufficient healing time, your implant dentist attaches an abutment and restoration on top, whether it be a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants feel completely natural and provide added security for your replaced teeth.
In the end, more is at stake than just your appearance when you lose a tooth. It may be tempting to leave it instead of choosing a replacement, but you could suffer worse consequences down the road. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to learn about your tooth restoration options, including dental implants, and to get started on the path to a whole healthy smile again.
About the Author
Since opening Lapalco Family Dental in 1982, Dr. C.J. Landry has served patients in the Marrero area for all their dental needs. Since then, he has completed thousands of hours of continuing education training in many areas, including endodontics, prosthodontics, and implant surgery and restoration. Also, he stay up-to-date with the latest technology the industry has to offer. To schedule an appointment with him, you can call (504) 348-0080 or click here.
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