Can the Loss of A Molar Be A Big Loss?

molarA recent survey has revealed an astonishing figure of at least 70% of the total population in America have one of their molars missing. Is there something alarming about this? Or do you feel that the loss of just one molar might not make a big difference?

As a matter of fact, a single missing molar can have a number of repercussions if it is not replaced in time. For most of us, aesthetics is the most important aspect to be considered. If it doesn’t look bad, it isn’t considered a priority. But, we must understand that restoration of function is equally important as the aesthetic enhancement. A missing tooth can generate a series of changes within our mouth that can lead to various oral problems. Let us take a quick look at the changes that occur within our mouth when a tooth is lost.

  • Bone loss– The alveolar bone (bone that surrounds the tooth root) follows the tooth. This means if the tooth is pulled out, the surrounding bone wears off. This is because alveolar bone can stay only if it is stimulated. When teeth are involved in chewing food the alveolar bone gets stimulated. An implant placed in the area of missing tooth can stimulate the bone similar to the natural tooth.
  • Chewing difficulty– One of the most important functions of back teeth are proper grinding of food so that the food can be swallowed with ease and initial digestive reaction is carried out successfully.
  • Migration of adjacent tooth- The neighbouring tooth shifts into the location of the missing tooth.
  • Change in the bite pattern- The shift of the adjacent tooth leads to a change in the bite pattern.
  • Food impaction- A change in the biting pattern can cause the thrusting of food particles in between teeth. This can lead to dental decay as the food particles stuck between teeth become an enriching source of energy for the decay causing bacteria.
  • Temporomandibular joint problems- irregular biting pattern imposes undue stresses on the temporomandibular joint. Gradually, this might lead to joint problems like pain or difficulty in opening the mouth.

Fortunately, we can avoid these problems from developing by replacing a missing tooth through fixed crowns and bridges or dental implants.

There’s No Reason to Fear Dental Implants

fear dental implantsMany people fear a trip to the dentist just for cleanings or checkups.  Imagine how they must feel if dental implants are in their future.  But dental implants are really a great option for people who need teeth replaced.  There is no reason to fear dental implants.

Dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth and can last you the rest of your life. You don’t need to worry about getting the implants because you are under anesthesia during the procedure.  When the anesthesia wears off, there is slight discomfort, but is very controllable with pain relievers for only a week or so.

Some people worry about having a gap in their smile while getting implants.  They know that the process takes a while, but the truth is, you can get a temporary denture until the implants are put in.

Read more about dental implants and how to control your fear here: There’s No Reason to Fear Dental Implants.

The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option

tooth replacement optionMany people deal with tooth loss and struggle with their look as it can be a source of embarrassment and anxiety. In a study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, researchers found the most popular tooth replacement option.

According to the study, dental implants were the most popular tooth replacement option.  Followed by dentures as the second. This study is helpful in driving the decision making process of dental professionals when determining what’s best for patients.

Read more about this study here: The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option – Miami Dental Sedation Spa.

Evolution Of Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is a way to make your smile as good as new.  But just like everything in medicine, it has come a long way from when it first began.  Here are some ways that cosmetic dentistry has changed over the years.

When dentists first started filling cavities, it was with gold foil.  Next came metal fillings.  Now dentists can fill your cavity with composite fillings.  These are a mix of plastic and glass and are tooth colored for a more natural appearance.

Another dental issue is missing teeth. Dentures have long been a way for people to hide their missing teeth. Bridges are another option which hide the missing tooth by suspending a crown attached to caps on the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. While these two options are still used, a more popular solution is the dental implant.  These are posts that are screwed into the jawbone and gums to replace a missing tooth root.  Then the part that looks just like a regular tooth is screwed in on top. Dental implants have the same cosmetic benefits of bridges but they also support the jawbone so it doesn’t deteriorate, which can sometimes be a problem with bridges and dentures.

Changes In Cosmetic Dentistry Over the Years|The Dental Geek

Full Arch Implant Dentures

full arch implant denturesIf you have missing teeth you may be overwhelmed with the many options available for fixing them. It used to be that the only option for someone who had lost their teeth was removable dentures.  But now, implants are available as a permanent tooth replacement option.  But they are expensive and don’t work for everyone. One exciting option that is now available is full arch implant dentures.  This is a process that attaches false teeth directly to the gums via implants. They are very natural looking and comfortable.

Read more about full arch implant dentures in this article from Your Dental Health Resource!