Most people who lose a front tooth will make it a top priority to get it replaced, but those who lose a tooth in the back of the mouth may be less inclined to do so. Seen or unseen, however, a missing tooth must be replaced. Every single tooth is part of a dynamic anatomy that allows a person to eat, speak, and smile. Teeth are adaptable and capable of incremental movement to accommodate changes in the mouth. When one tooth is missing, the rest of the teeth will shift to adjust to the new space.
People are often primarily concerned about replacing teeth for aesthetic reasons. Missing teeth in the back of the mouth may not detract from appearance, but they can certainly affect the mouth’s functionality. Back teeth are essential for chewing food. They also absorb pressure from the front teeth during the chewing process. The efficiency to chew is reduced when one or more teeth is missing. The remaining teeth will wear faster and drift slowly into the space left by the missing tooth. The bones around the teeth are stimulated during the chewing process, encouraging them to grow. When there is a missing tooth, the bones in the area may atrophy, resulting in reduced bone volume.
You can replace a missing tooth with bridgework or a dental implant. Start with an appointment to see a medical specialist . As a prosthodontist in Roy, Utah with a highly experienced team, we can provide you with advice on the best options for your needs.
Bridgework is the most common method of replacing missing teeth. Bridgework will endure as long as it is given proper care. It is made to look like your original teeth and may require altering the anchor teeth on both sides of the bridge.
Dental implants are easy to maintain and will not affect the adjacent teeth. Same day implants are available. Implants look natural and won’t decay. They can also help prevent the type of bone loss that comes from extended wear of dentures. Consult your prosthodontist to decide which option is best for you.