Some people who lose a back tooth 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? At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we say in no uncertain terms: there are several important reasons to replace a back tooth with a permanent dental implant.
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 TMJ pain.
2. The underlying bone will eventually loosen.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone pulls back. This changes the shape of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a reduction 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.
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