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Missing Teeth: Do I Need to Replace My Back Molar?

April 17, 2016

Filed under: Implant Dentistry — Tags: , , — Dr. Buck @ 1:54 am

missing teethIt’s fairly common for the back molars to be extracted, whether due to gum disease, tooth decay, trauma, or a broken tooth. After you’ve had a molar extracted, you’re probably going to wonder whether or not you really need to replace that missing tooth. Since it’s in the back of the mouth, no one will really see the missing tooth, so why replace it? Although the missing tooth may not be highly visible, you must replace missing teeth. Tooth replacement not only improves your oral function and smile, but protects your remaining teeth from damage. Now, you have multiple options when it comes to replacing a back molar.

Why Should I Replace a Molar?

When you lose a tooth, your smile and quality of life will decline. However, there are many other complications that will develop. Once you lose a tooth, your surrounding teeth no longer have adequate support. Not to mention, the lack of stimulation in the area causes the bone and surrounding structures to begin to deteriorate. As deterioration progresses, your remaining teeth will continue to lose support. The inadequate support will eventually cause the remaining teeth to begin to shift. Overtime, they can become misaligned, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. And, chances are, the surrounding teeth will eventually fall out.

While one missing tooth may not seem like a very big deal, you will quickly begin to notice the implications of not replacing that tooth. Your ability to eat properly will also become impacted. You’re likely to find that you’re no longer able to eat many of the foods you enjoy.

As eating becomes more challenging, you’ll also notice that the gum where the tooth is missing begins to become easily irritated. Not to mention, the gum space also becomes susceptible to gum disease, which can spread to impact your surrounding teeth and underlying bone.

Sure, missing a tooth in the back may not seem like a big deal, but in reality, even one missing tooth, no matter where it’s located, is a very big deal. You need to use an appropriate form of tooth replacement to quickly replace the tooth before more damage occurs.

Tooth Replacement Options

The most affordable and common option to replace a back molar is with a bridge or crown. While both are effective, there are some downsides that come with these options. For example, you won’t have the same biting force or appearance of a natural tooth. Plus, your surrounding teeth are more prone to tooth decay and you’ll likely need to have a replacement bridge or crown made in the future.

Dental implants are the best option to replace a back molar. Implants look and function just as your natural teeth. You’ll have a permanent solution to tooth loss using an implant that closely mimics natural teeth. You’ll resolve all of the complications and risks associated with a missing tooth to protect your oral health and quality of life.

If you’ve had to have a back molar extracted, benefit from tooth replacement options with your dentist in Dublin, OH. Call Distinctive Smiles of Dublin today at (614) 389-9926 to schedule an appointment.

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