June 15, 2016
Did you know that nearly 70 percent of adults in the United States are missing at least one tooth, and it’s usually a back tooth? Your premolars—the molars that erupt around the age of six years old—are the first permanent teeth to come in and usually the first teeth lost because of extensive decay, traumatic injury or a failed root canal. Regardless of the reason for tooth loss and no matter which tooth is missing, the importance of replacing a tooth cannot be understated. The dentists at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates often rely on dental implants in Pomona, NY, to restore form and function to patients’ smiles.
Why Should I Replace One Missing Tooth?
Many people who are missing only one tooth are tempted to just “let it go”—especially if it’s a tooth in the back of your mouth. But just because no one can see a missing tooth doesn’t mean that replacement is not worthwhile.
Teeth are designed to work together; remove one and all of your other teeth can be effected. For instance, when you lose a tooth, the adjacent teeth will often begin to shift into the space vacated by your missing tooth. As a consequence, your bite may be negatively impacted and you may even develop the painful symptoms of TMJ, (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) as your jaw tries to compensate for the missing tooth. Gum disease also becomes more likely as a result of tooth movement.
In addition, the loss of even one tooth reduces the chewing surface on one side of your mouth, so the natural response is to chew more on the opposite side. By favoring one side, your risk of tooth decay, worn teeth and loose fillings may increase. Finally, the tooth that normally touches the missing one when you bite may start to come in more so that the root becomes exposed.
Missing Tooth Solutions from the Pomona Implant Dentist
One of the best options for replacing a single missing tooth is a dental implant. Implants are actually tooth root replacements that are surgically embedded in your jawbone. Made of biocompatible titanium, the implant integrates with the surrounding bone tissue to form a firm foundation to which your implant dentist in Pomona, NY, will eventually attach a lifelike porcelain crown. When completed, you new dental implant will look, feel and perform like a natural tooth.
Call Our Office Today
If you have even one missing tooth, then don’t delay replacement. Contact Cosmetic Dentistry Associates in Pomona, NY, to schedule an appointment.
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