Sometimes people who lose a molar wonder whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avoid the cost to replace it and save some money? Actually, at Create a Smile in Bloomington IN, we can think of several important reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant.
1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.
If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can impact 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 TMJ pain.
2. The underlying bone will eventually loosen.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone shrinks. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening proceeds and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
3. There will be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.
This can cause excessive wear, fracture, or pain.