Replacing Your Back Teeth

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When you are missing one of your back teeth, it’s an excellent recommendation that you should consider getting a dental implant (or a dental bridge implant) to fill in space. You should consult your dentist to get more information on why it is necessary to get a dental implant. Aside from cosmetic reasons for your smile’s aesthetic, it would be best if you also considered the implant to replace the loss of function. Losing your tooth will affect your chewing, the overall bite of the lower and upper jaw, and lessen the excessive pressure on your teeth. The loss of the posterior teeth can create many problems as well as damage the rest of your teeth shortly. The consequences of leaving your missing posterior teeth unattended impair the remaining teeth, ligaments, joints, jaw muscles, and gums. When a posterior tooth is missing, changes to your facial appearance will be noticeable over time.

  • Unneeded movements of the remaining adjacent teeth
  • The decline in chewing efficiency
  • Excess erosion of the remaining teeth
  • Temporomandibular Joints (TMD)
  • Loss of the alveolar ridge
  • Extrusion and eruption of the teeth

Without precautionary measurements, it will be the beginning of a string of problems from one missing tooth. Due to the teeth’ shift and movement, it may start to weaken your overall dental health in a domino effect. When the tooth is shifted from a position, the tooth’s root weakens and loses the ability to append to the jaw bone. Changes like this leave the tooth very vulnerable to bacterial infection leading to periodontal disease. You should consult with your dentist and discuss the best options you should choose. There are many considerations and beneficial factors to a dental implant.

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