Some people who lose a posterior (back) tooth question whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avert the cost to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several essential reasons to replace a back tooth and with a tooth implant, it’s possible.
1. The adjacent teeth may start shifting.
If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can influence the bite. The adjacent teeth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone. Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain, so make sure to address them right away.
2. The underlying bone will eventually pull back.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone recedes. This changes the shape of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening proceeds and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
3. There will be increased stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.
This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain. If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about a dental implant in Trinity, call Prestige Dentistry at 727-789-1980 to schedule an appointment.
Advantages of a Dental Implant in Trinity
Longevity – Dental implants are tough and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size, and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic troubles, these can commonly be corrected with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant in Trinity functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is necessary.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
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