Some people who lose a back tooth wonder whether replacing it is worth it. After all, the gap doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avoid the cost of replace? Actually, there are several critical reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from The Plano Dentist:
1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.
If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can affect the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or jaw pain.
2. The underlying bone will eventually pull back.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone recedes. This changes the shape of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a reduction in supporting bone. The vertical shortening advances and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
3. There will be increased stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.
This can cause excessive wear, fracture, or pain.
If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call The Plano Dentist to schedule an appointment. We offer a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup today.
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