5 Reasons You Should Replace a Missing Back Tooth

December 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_tutin @ 2:31 pm
a patient who replaced a missing back tooth in Framingham

It can often feel overwhelming when losing a permanent tooth, especially since you’ll typically have to consider your tooth-replacement options. While missing one of your front pearly whites may make you feel self-conscious about your smile, you might not find it a big deal if you’ve lost a molar. But is it necessary to replace a missing back tooth? Read on to learn five major reasons why you should consider getting restorative dentistry after losing a molar.

#1: Shifting, Crooked, & Tilting Teeth

Your teeth generally help keep each other in place and upright. Whenever you lose one, the surrounding ones will start to shift out of place or move into the gap. Though a missing back tooth won’t be visible when smiling or talking, it can still cause your other pearly whites to become crooked and uncomfortable later on.

#2: Chewing Difficulties & Digestion Problems

Did you know your front teeth are mainly designed to rip and tear your meals while your molars are meant for chewing them? This means that missing a back tooth can make it more difficult for you to eat your food, as you’ll be less effective at grounding things. Additionally, having to swallow partially-chewed meals can result in digestion issues.

#3: Older Facial Appearance

The roots of your teeth stabilize them as well as stimulate your jawbone to promote strong tissues. With tooth loss, you can expect your facial bones to begin to deteriorate. This can create a shrunken and aged appearance over time.

#4: Jaw Soreness or Stiffness

Not only do your molars help chew and grind your food, but they also ensure that your bite is even. If you have even one back tooth missing, you may begin to use more of the other side of your mouth. This can strain your joints and jaw muscles, causing them to be stiff and sore. This can also result in TMJ disorder, which might require surgery to treat it.

#5: Risk of Oral & Overall Health Issues

Once a tooth is lost, the space left behind can start to accumulate debris, food particles, and plaque. This can increase your risk of bacteria growth and more serious dental health conditions, such as cavities, gingivitis, and oral infections. If the germs become strong enough, they can even affect other vital parts of your body, resulting in systemic problems like diabetes and heart disease.

If you’re looking for the most effective way to replace a tooth, dental implants may be your ideal solution. With these titanium posts embedded into your jawbone, you’ll be able to avoid all five of these concerns. Speak with your dentist to see if this treatment is right for you!

About the Author

Dr. Richard S. Tutin studied at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He’s also a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Association. He offers a wide range of advanced treatments, including dental implants. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call 508-872-0041.

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