Sometimes people who lose a molar wonder whether it’s worth replacing it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing. Why not leave it as is, and save some money? Actually, there are some very good reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from The Hills Dental Spa in Austin.
It’s harder to eat.
Your molars play an important role: they’re the teeth that grind, crush, and mash food before you swallow it. Yes, there are other molars to chew with. But when one is missing, it’s a lot harder to eat. This is especially true with foods that are tough or crunchy, like meats, raw fruit, and raw vegetables.
Adjacent teeth may start shifting.
When there’s a gap in the jaw, the teeth on either side tend to move or rotate into that space. This can affect your bite. When teeth are gone, you become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.
Underlying bone eventually pulls back.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone begins to recede. This changes the dimensions of the face, giving it a sunken appearance. The vertical shortening proceeds and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw, where it acts as a replacement tooth root. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. Several implants can support dentures.
If you are missing one or more of your teeth, a dental implant from The Hills Dental Spa in Austin may be just the solution you’ve been hoping for. Patients from Westlake, Lakeway, and Bee Cave have gained healthy smiles after discovering the benefits of implants. To find out whether an implant is right for you, please give us a call to schedule an appointment.
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