I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Losing a back tooth does not seem as big of a deal as losing a front one. However, the back tooth is far more important than you might realize. If you have a tooth missing in the back, here is what you need to know.
Why Are the Back Teeth Important?
Most people will do everything possible to make sure a front tooth is replaced. With a back tooth though, there is not as much urgency. However, there should be.
A missing back tooth can lead to bone loss. Each one of your teeth are responsible for stimulating the alveolar bone. The bone surrounds your teeth. When one tooth is not doing its job, the bone might not be as healthy as it could be. At some point, some of your bone could start to deteriorate.
The loss of the bone could cause changes to the appearance of your face. Your teeth can start to shift and as this happens, your face can look sunken in the place missing the tooth. Even your speech and ability to chew can be impacted. All of these can have an impact on your self-esteem and even cause you to look older.
Fortunately, there is an option available to avoid these problems.
What About a Dental Implant?
Dentures were considered the standard for handling missing teeth, but if you are only missing one, the appliance can be a nuisance. Between taking care of your remaining natural teeth and the dentures, your oral hygiene routine could become more complex and take longer.
A simple solution to a missing back tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants blend in perfectly with your natural teeth and are just as functional and reliable as your teeth. The implant will also help with stimulating the alveolar bone, which prevents changes to your face, speech, and chewing abilities.
Dentures and bridges rely heavily on adjacent teeth to stay in place. With an implant, a root implanted into your jawbone would offer the support it need. Your adjacent teeth will remain healthy and free of the strain that could occur with dentures and bridges.
An implant also does not require additional care like dentures do. You can brush and floss the implant the same as your natural teeth.
Talk to a cosmetic dental surgeon and your family dentist to determine if the dental implant is right for replacing your back tooth.