Losing teeth doesn’t have to be a lifelong frustration. Options for replacement are much more sophisticated now, and you can have your missing teeth replaced with dental implants that look and feel just like natural teeth. Implants can be used to replace any missing tooth, from front teeth to back molars.
Loss of Back Molars
Back molars are just as susceptible to loss as other teeth. Decay, injury, gum disease or trauma can all damage a molar to the point where it must be removed. Back molars can even be dislodged under certain circumstances such as traumatic injury to the face. These teeth can be replaced in various ways, including dentures and implants. With replacements for your back molars, you can continue to chew and eat normally.
The only back molars that you usually would opt not to replace are the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are often removed, but this is usually because there is not enough room in the mouth for them. Other molars, though, can be replaced. In fact they should be replaced, because even the loss of one tooth can cause the rest of the teeth to move out of proper alignment, causing abnormal wear and tear and other problems.
Dental Implants as a Replacement Option
Though dentures have been used for many years to replace missing teeth, dental implants offer a more modern and efficient alternative. Implants help you talk, bite and chew just as if you have your natural teeth, without any danger of your new teeth moving out of place. They are matched to the shape and color of your original teeth, as well. In addition, the root portion of a dental implant helps keep your jawbone healthy.
If you have a missing tooth, our implant dentist can discuss the process involved in placing your new teeth. You will be evaluated to judge the health of your jawbone and gums, as well as your overall health. With the help of our implant dentist, you can decide if dental implants are right for you.
For more information on how dental implants can benefit your smile, call the Toronto office of Dr. Nicholas Kemp to schedule a one on one consultation.