Most people are not comfortable with a missing tooth in the front of their mouth. It may not be fair, but a gaping hole in a smile is a drawback in most social circles. At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, we can replace missing teeth with a dental implant.
A person who loses a front tooth usually makes a plan for a dental restoration ASAP. And few dental patients forego a temporary denture while awaiting a permanent restoration.
But when someone loses a back tooth, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider the extraction the final answer.
We want to dispel the myth that a missing back tooth has no consequences.
Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we don’t often consider its condition. The health of our jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health. When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root (as well as the visible part), it maintains the health of the bone. In so doing, it also protects the bone for the adjacent teeth.
The jawbone is the foundation of the lower face. If it shrinks and recedes, everything that sits on top of it will follow suit. A man or woman with bone recession will eventually get that “sunken in” look that can make them look a lot older than they really are. A dental implant, unlike a dental bridge, retains the foundation of the face.
Another liability is shifting teeth. If teeth adjacent to the extraction site start moving, it can create a domino effect. The unopposed tooth on the opposite arch can also move, though it usually moves outward from the bone (over-eruption).
In addition to esthetic ramifications, teeth that are displaced in jeopardy of gingivitis, decay, TMJ pain, or bite troubles. There will also be increased stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions—compromising their strength as well.
At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, we specialize in dental implants, and a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services. Don’t live with that gap! Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
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