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.

Why You Should Replace A Missing Tooth

missing toothIf you have a missing tooth in the back of your mouth you may not be as quick to act as if it were in the front of your mouth.  This is because most people are concerned with the way they look and not as much about the importance of each individual tooth.  But the fact of the matter is, whether you have lost a tooth in the front or back of your mouth, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible.  Every tooth is important and the ones in the back can not only effect your chewing if lost, but also have a negative effect on dental hygiene.  One missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift out of place and can cause issues with your bite and smile.

Having a missing tooth can cause issues with the bite and smile because of the bone structure that lies under the gums and holds teeth in place.  When the tooth is no longer there, the bone that was supporting it no longer has a function. The bone may begin to weaken and wear away.

Lost teeth also make cleaning and flossing difficult. This can lead to poor oral hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease.

There are different options for getting your missing tooth fixed. If the tooth is knocked out because of an injury, it is possible for it to be reattached if you act quickly.  You will want to see the dentist right away with the tooth.  If reattachment is not possible, dentures, bridges or implants are options.

Whatever option you choose, remember that replacing a missing tooth is very important for your dental health and your smile.

Why You Should Replace A Missing Tooth|Your Dental Health Resource

What Causes Your Teeth To Move?

As you age, your teeth are constantly moving and changing. When you are younger, you lose teeth and get new teeth. When you get older, you may lose teeth again.  But over time, the teeth you do have tend to move.  What causes your teeth to move? There are many factors.

Age – As mentioned above, teeth move as we age. The lower teeth tend to wear out faste15253378-open-mouthr than the upper teeth.  As they wear down, they shift and the bite realigns itself.

Genetics – This is always a factor when it comes to our bodies and even our teeth.  Children can actually inherit their parents tooth shape and size.

Tooth loss – When teeth are lost, the other teeth will shift to fill in the space.  This can change the bite as well.

Tooth grinding – Grinding the teeth together will cause the enamel to wear down and can cause fractures or chips in our teeth. Teeth may appear shorter over time and the position of the teeth can actually change as well.

There are some things we can do to fix our smiles if we do have movement.  To check out some of the options to fix your smile, read the article written by Marielaina Perrone, DDS, found here: Is Your Smile Changing?

Tooth Fairy Traditions and Ideas

Do you love to make every milestone in your child’s life extra special and a memory you will never forget? girl with broken toothStephanie Lynn’s blog, By Stephanie Lynn, features 10 Tooth Fairy Traditions and Ideas.  You can find ideas such as a tooth fairy kit that contains a Certificate of Record for filing with your local Tooth Fairy.  How cute is that? What about a cute pillow, pouch or box to store the lost tooth?  My personal favorite is fairy dust to dust on the money that the tooth fairy leaves for your child.

If you want some cute, fun ideas for you’re child’s lost teeth, check out Stephanie’s blog here: 10 Tooth Fairy Traditions and Ideas – Tuesday {ten} – bystephanielynn.

Tooth Fairy Inflation

18020313-boy-in-the-natureIf you have kids, you may or may not have had to deal with the tooth fairy yet. If you have, you may have noticed that there has been a bit of inflation since you were a kid.  A new survey has shown that kids are getting on average $3.70 per lost tooth from the tooth fairy nowadays. The reason? Parents don’t want their kids to be the one that got a quarter while other kids are getting almost $4.00. They don’t want their kids to feel like their tooth is worth less.

So how much should you give your child?  You can ask around and get an idea of how much the tooth fairy is paying in your area.  But you should do what works best for you and your family. Read the full article from NY Daily News here: Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4   – NY Daily News.