Most people are embarrassed by a missing tooth in the front of the mouth. It may not be fair, but a gaping hole in their smile has negative connotations. A dental implant from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is an ideal replacement.
When someone loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, it’s a done deal after the extraction.
This attitude is unfortunate. The goal of this article is to dispel the myth that a missing back tooth has no consequences.
When a tooth is lost, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Surrounding teeth may also move toward the space where a tooth used to be.
Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root, it maintains the health of the bone, and prevents neighboring teeth from moving.
Investing in a dental implant could be far less costly than treating the after effects. At the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we offer dental implants and a full range of general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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