Wondering whether you need to replace one or more of your back molars? No matter why you’re missing a molar, whether from gum disease, tooth decay, a broken tooth or an accident, you need to replace that missing tooth. Even though molars aren’t highly visible, you need them to protect your other teeth from damage and preserve your overall oral function and smile. Here’s why you need to replace your missing molars.
Why should you replace a molar?
When you lose a tooth—even one in the back like a molar—it negatively impacts your smile and overall quality of life. Once a tooth is gone, the surrounding teeth no longer have adequate support. In addition, the bone around the area of the missing tooth begins to deteriorate as it no longer receives stimulation. Over time, this will cause teeth to shift, leading to misalignment. Misalignment can result in gum disease and tooth decay, making it much more likely that these teeth will have issues as well.
While it may not seem like a big deal if you’re missing just one molar, you’ll quickly notice complications in your everyday life. A missing molar affects your ability to bite and chew properly, which means you may no longer be able to eat all the foods you love.
Even one missing tooth—no matter its location—is a big deal. And when it comes to molars, tooth replacement with a dental implant is the best option. Luckily, it’s an option with long-lasting results that look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
Why choose dental implants for molars?
In simplest terms, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s surgically anchored into the jawbone. When in place, they function just like your natural tooth, helping you eat better while supporting surrounding teeth. You’ll notice improved smile aesthetics and a restored ability to eat the foods you love.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Many people are good candidates for dental implants. If you’re missing one or more teeth and have sufficient bone density in the area of the missing tooth, Dr.Mike will likely approve a dental implant as treatment for your tooth loss. If you have suffered from bone loss or recession in the area around the missing tooth, you may need a bone graft and/or gum graft to prepare the area to receive the implant.
Are dental implants effective for replacing multiple molars?
If you’re missing a single molar, Dr. Mike will use a single dental crown to replace it. For patients suffering from more extensive tooth loss, other options like a dental bridge anchored by an implant may be considered. Keep in mind that solutions like bridges and dentures alone may lead to more bone loss, which is why replacing one or more molars with implants is the better option.
If you’re searching for solutions for one or more missing molars, Dr. Mike and the team at Cleveland Implant Institute have the answers. Call us today and schedule your appointment to learn more about how implants can preserve your smile and your overall oral health.