Teeth are lost because of trauma or disease. Trauma may come in the form of an accident or excessive biting forces. Disease is generally tooth decay or periodontal disease [gum disease] but there are other categories such as cancer and various neoplasm’s of the jaw that may result in tooth loss. Studies show that more than 50 percent of the population have one or more missing teeth. Trauma commonly causes the loss of a single front tooth. The effect this has on a persons’ well being is obvious. Fortunately an experienced dental implantologist can usually remove the remaining root, place a dental implant, and secure a new tooth to that implant in one visit of an hour or two. The loss of a single tooth in the back is usually caused by tooth decay or periodontal disease. Sometimes this can be treated just like front teeth but for various reasons it is often more time consuming. If you would like to learn more about this, please check out Honolulu Dental Implants Association
More often than not the treatment for a single missing back tooth is as follows:
1. Extraction of the damaged tooth and grafting of the root sockets. Wait 4 months then
2. A dental implant is used to replace the root of a single lost tooth. Then wait 4 to 6 months.
3. An abutment is attached to the dental implant, and records are taken in preparation for the manufacture of a crown to replace the single missing tooth. Then wait three weeks.
4. The abutment is permanently attached to the implant, and the crown is cemented to the abutment. COMPLETE TREATMENT
The need to replace a single missing tooth in the back is not always as visible as the need to replace a single missing tooth in the front; yet, it is critical. Teeth can move around a lot. We’ve all seen an Orthodontist use a little rubber band to provide tension to a tooth and then move it around. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific function. When a single tooth is missing, the body’s natural reaction is for surrounding teeth to migrate into the void. A single lost tooth can influence the position of all remaining teeth in the mouth to shift over time. TMJ [tempromandibular joint] discomfort, headaches, muscular spasms in the neck and shoulders, food impaction between teeth, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other issues may result as a result of malocclusion. People typically don’t identify the loss of their tooth with the troubles it produced because these problems don’t always appear and can happen years after the single tooth is removed. It’s a shame that a single missing tooth is routinely overlooked, given the potential repercussions, but the development of dental implants for single-tooth replacement is prompting many more patients to seek treatment sooner rather than later.
A single missing tooth is generally followed by multiple missing teeth. When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the process of losing more teeth accelerates. All of the concerns associated with a single missing tooth are amplified when many teeth are lost. However, there are some extra issues. These include, but are not limited to:
1. Vertical dimension collapse- As more back teeth are lost, the mouth loses support when we close it, leading the chin to migrate closer to the nose. Deep folds around the corners of the mouth and thinning of the lips result as a result of this. It can quickly age the appearance of a person by 10 to 20 years.
2. Face collapse—As several back teeth are lost, facial support of the cheeks is eliminated, resulting in a sunken appearance. Premature ageing is the effect once again.
3. Bone loss- The upper and lower jaws’ bones have only one natural purpose: to support our tooth roots. When the roots are removed, the bone begins to deteriorate in the same way that an unused muscle does. This causes even more loss of face support, making the use of artificial prosthesis like dentures unfeasible. It can also make dental implant installation more difficult.
4. The mouth is the first in a sequence of organs designed to consume and digest food. The better the mechanism works, the more thoroughly we can chew the meal. When Mom told us to chew our food more slowly and carefully, she wasn’t wrong.
5. Inability to consume a healthy diet-It gets increasingly difficult to eat a balanced diet as more teeth are removed. Raw vegetables and nuts, which are important mainstays, become impossible to eat, and we lose out on the many vitamins and minerals they supply.
6. It becomes impossible to eat the things we prefer, such as corn on the cob, ribs, steaks, fajitas, and so on. Many people may not realise how important it is to be allowed to eat anything they want until it is too late.
7. Embarrassment-Missing teeth have a social stigma attached to them. Many individuals simply stop smiling or cover it up with their hands. That’s sad because we only know of a handful persons who have intentionally lost their teeth. Each person has a unique narrative to tell, and they are all tragic.