Lost Back Molars: Are Dental Implants an Option?

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People lose teeth for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they suffer trauma resulting in tooth loss. Other times it may be due to decay, lifestyle choices or even medication. For many years, the only restorative option was bridges and dentures. Now we know that dental implants are a much healthier and more convenient option. Dental implants are a wise alternative to bridges and dentures, even for back molars.

Losing Molars

People almost always try to replace missing front teeth because it affects their smile. However, the molars are just as important, if not more. Molars affect the bite and the way a person chews their food. Missing these larger teeth puts more pressure on smaller front teeth which could result in more damage. It is not uncommon for other teeth to slowly drift into the empty space where a molar once was.

Restorative Options

The best restorative option for large back molars is dental implants. A dental implant closely resembles a natural tooth in form and function. The implant dentist places a titanium post into the jaw to act as the root of the tooth. Once the area has healed, a dental crown is gently cemented onto the post. As time passes, the jaw bone fuses to the titanium post making it a permanent structure in the oral cavity.

Why Dental Implants

Dental implants restore full function to a person’s mouth. They are discrete and permanent. Once the crown is placed, there are no dietary restrictions and patients can resume normal activities. There are also some health benefits. Dental implants slow or stop the diminishing of the jaw bone often associated with tooth loss and they do not disturb neighboring teeth.

Missing molars can wreak havoc on your smile and your oral health. If you are missing a molar and want to explore restorative options, make an appointment with our office at Parker Nickolas Read Dental today. We can help you restore full oral function and maintain that beautiful healthy smile.