Some men and women who lose a posterior tooth question 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 avert the expense to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several vital reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant if possible:
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 recede.
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 additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.
This can result in excessive wear, fracture, or pain.
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