The loss of back teeth can be very inconvenient, making it difficult to chew your food and causing front teeth to move out of place. If you have lost some of your molars, dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement.
Why Replace Lost Teeth?
If you have lost teeth in the back, you might think it’s not necessary to have them replaced. After all, no one sees your back teeth as a general rule, so it’s not as much of an aesthetic issue as it would be if you had lost one of your front teeth. However, any time a tooth is lost, it can cause a variety of problems as other teeth shift around in your mouth as a result.
When you lose a tooth, other teeth will move into the empty space, which moves them out of alignment. When your teeth are not properly aligned, you can experience a number of side effects, including:
- Malocclusion, or a misaligned bite
- Wear and tear
- Eventual additional tooth loss
The best way to prevent these long-term issues is to have your missing teeth replaced as soon as possible. The best option for tooth replacement, no matter what tooth you have lost, is dental implants.
Choosing a Tooth Replacement Option
The appropriate tooth replacement option for you depends upon your overall health, the condition of your mouth and jawbones, and your preferences. If you have a missing tooth, you should talk to your dentist or our oral surgeons about dental implants. This is the best way to replace missing teeth because it replaces both the visible portion of the tooth and the tooth root.
Implants provide a natural-looking and natural-feeling new tooth that is permanently set in your jawbone. The presence of an artificial root in your jawbone helps stimulate the bone tissue to grow so your jaw will not atrophy over time as is often the case with long-term denture wearers. Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace missing back teeth because they allow you to chew normally and will not shift or move in your mouth.
Call Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery and set up a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons.