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.

Ways Your Dentist Can Replace A Missing Tooth

missing toothWe all know that baby teeth are meant to fall out, but permanent teeth are meant to be permanent! But sometimes for one reason or another, you may end up losing a permanent tooth, or teeth. If you do lose a permanent tooth, there are a few ways that your dentist can replace that missing tooth.

Dentures – Dentures can be used to replace many or all of your missing teeth. They look just like real teeth and are used just like permanent teeth. But, they are removable. You take them out at night. Dentures have come a long way and are a really great and probably least expensive option for missing teeth.

Bridges – A dental bridge is basically two crowns with a replacement tooth between them. The two crowns fit over the two permanent teeth in your mouth that are on either side of the missing tooth. This is a great option if the teeth next to your missing tooth would need crowns anyway. If they are very healthy teeth, you may want to consider other options.

Implants – A dental implant is a titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw bone where the missing tooth is. Then an artificial tooth is joined to the screw. This is an excellent option for missing teeth, but not all people are able to receive them. There has to be enough bone to hold the implant and a good medical history.

Stem Cell Therapy – This option is coming in the near future. There are many types of adult stem cells found in dental tissue. Researchers have been able to use these stem cells to grow parts of teeth.

No matter how you have lost a tooth, be sure to talk to your dentist about the best option for you. There is no need to be embarrassed about how you look or to not have the full use of your mouth and teeth. Get your tooth replaced now!

3 (and soon to be 4) Ways Your Dentist Can Replace Missing Teeth|Huffington Post

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!

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