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ThoughnotAlwaysSeenitsStillImportanttoReplaceaMissingBackTooth

Your front teeth are the stars of your smile — so it makes perfect sense to replace them if they’re missing. But is it really necessary to replace a largely unseen back tooth with an implant or bridgework?

The answer is an unequivocal yes. Your individual teeth are an interactive part of a dynamic mechanism that enables you to eat, speak and smile. They’re highly adaptable and can move incrementally to accommodate mouth changes — especially when one of them is lost.

Back teeth not only help us chew food efficiently, they also ease some of the pressure from front teeth as we chew. Our efficiency while chewing suffers when they’re missing; other teeth will wear faster and tend to move out of position, “drifting” into the space left by the missing tooth. And without their stimulation during chewing, new bone may grow at a slower rate to replace older bone, reducing bone volume over time.

So, whether visible or not, replacing a back tooth is the best course to take to prevent these adverse consequences. Your two best options are fixed bridgework or dental implants, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Bridgework has been the traditional method for replacing one or a few missing teeth: they’re long-lasting if cared for properly, have a life-like appearance that blends well with other teeth and are a good option when implants aren’t. But they require extensive altering of the anchor teeth (those used on either side of the bridge to secure it) and they’re highly prone for trapping food between them and the gums, increasing the risk of disease.

Dental implants are easily maintained and their installation doesn’t affect adjacent teeth as with a bridge. They’re also durable with a 95% success rate after ten years. On the other hand, the installation process can take several months and visits, and they require a certain amount of bone mass for proper placement and so aren’t ideal for certain patients.

Regardless of its location, if you have a missing tooth or one that may need to be removed, you should visit us for a complete examination. From there we can tell you how your mouth has been impacted by the missing tooth and which replacement option is best for you.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing Back Teeth.”

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
August 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

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Discover Dental Implants-Here is a great FAQ graphic for you to review.  Graphic by the Tempe Periodontics, LTD

Did you know that dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or an entire missing arch of teeth?  The procedure has become so easy for the patient compared with what it was years ago.  Now only a small opening is placed in the gum and the implant is guided into the bone.  The discomfort after the surgery is now very easy compared to years ago.  We often hear our patients say they only took one or two pain pills and many people take none.

We let the implant heal for several months then insert the second stage and place a crown or denture attachment onto that.  Once everything is set and healed a dental implant is just like your natural teeth.

To learn more about dental implalnts at Bohle Familly Dentistry, click here.  You can make an appointment by calling 270-442-0256 or click here.  Visit our Facebook, Google+ and Youtube pages.  #paducahkydentist

 

By Dr. Charles Bohle
December 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

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