Some individuals who lose a back tooth question whether they should ever replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avert the cost to replace it and save some money in the long run? Actually, we should warn you that there are several critical reasons to replace missing teeth in Los Angeles with a dental implant, even if they are back tooth.
1. The Adjacent Teeth May Start Shifting.
If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can affect the rest of your smile, changing your bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone. This process is called over-eruption and it’s about as unpleasant as it sounds. Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, or TMJ pain.
2. The Underlying Bone will Eventually Recede.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone begins to pull back. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone structure. The vertical shortening proceeds and becomes more pronounced as you grow older. The only way to prevent this process is to stimulate the jaw bone through the insertion of dental implants. Small metal rods are placed into the site, replacing a patients missing teeth in Los Angeles.
3. There will be Increased Stress on the Teeth That Take Over the Chewing Functions.
Your other teeth will now take over the jobs of grinding, chewing, and mashing your food. Over time this may wear down your teeth even faster, which will result in fractures and more pain.
If you have missing teeth in Los Angeles and want to learn about dental implants or preventative dentistry, call Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-703-7062 to schedule an appointment. You can also ask us about any general dentistry services you’re interested in.