July 25, 2019
For many people, missing teeth are a cause for great embarrassment, especially if it’s a tooth that is easily seen by others. The lack of self-esteem and confidence in the way you feel and look takes its toll, and you begin to wonder if you’ll find the right solution to restore your smile. But what if it’s not a front tooth that you’ve lost but instead, one of your molars? These back teeth aren’t visible when smiling, so is it necessary that it be replaced, and if so, can dental implants in Flushing help? Read on to find out what role your molars play in your oral health and why it’s important for some to be replaced.
Molars and Your Oral Health
If you think only the teeth that are visible when you smile are important, you’ll be surprised to learn that while your back molars don’t offer an aesthetic role, they do offer crucial functionality to your oral health. Not only do they allow you to chew properly, but they also help to align your bite and keep unnecessary pressure off your front teeth while eating.
When a molar is missing, whether as a result of poor oral hygiene or injury, it needs to be replaced because of the many problems that can occur, including:
- Facial changes (i.e. sagging)
- Gum disease
- Weakened jawbone
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
The Permanent Solution: Dental Implants
When discussing options with your dentist in Flushing, don’t be surprised if he suggests dental implants. Yes, there are other solutions that can provide the look of a restored smile, but if you want a restoration that lasts and eliminates the need for frequent replacing or adjusting, dental implants are the way to go.
These titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Once the implant and bone properly fuse together, which can take several months, you’ll receive what is called an abutment. This small appliance connects the implant to the custom restoration. You’ll then have your dental crown, implant bridge, or implant-retained denture attached to your implant, creating a fully restored smile and secure fit.
New Tooth? How Implants Can Replace Molars
Unless you’re having your wisdom teeth extracted, you need to have missing teeth replaced. Wisdom teeth are third molars that serve no real purpose. They did at one point in time when humans were accustomed to coarser foods; however, as we have evolved and nutrition has changed, they’re no longer necessary.
Missing teeth that are left untreated can be problematic for your oral health, so whether you need a single tooth implant, an implant bridge, or an implant-retained denture, dental implants can be a great, versatile option for you.
When meeting with your dentist, he will generate a treatment plan that covers everything from the process to the cost. During your first appointment, he will begin by administering local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and feeling no pain throughout the procedure. Then, depending on the number of implants you’ll be receiving, he will make incisions into your gum line and drill small holes into your jawbone. Carefully, he will position the implants and stitch up the area to allow you to heal.
For the next 3-6 months, you will be at home allowing your implants to fuse to the bone. This process is known as osseointegration. Once the dentist is satisfied that you are fully healed, he will attach the abutments and your customized restoration.
If you’re concerned about your dental crown, bridge, or denture matching the rest of your smile, don’t be! He will work with the dental lab technicians to make sure the color, size, and shape match and blend in beautifully with your smile.
It’s not just about the visible teeth when it comes to a complete smile. Restore your full mouth with the help of dental implants. From the front to the back, give your teeth the care they deserve.
About the Author
Dr. Richard Gochman, DDS, earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY – Oneonta before going on to attend Columbia University and achieving his DDS degree. After completing a residency program in general dentistry at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, he began his private practice in Flushing, New York. Dr. Gochman is certified in implant prosthetic restorations, which means he is trained to restore smiles with a superior tooth replacement solution – dental implants. To learn more about how these dental restorations can help you, visit our website or call (718) 359-3555.
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