Back tooth implant is a way of replacing an extracted molar due to caries, trauma or infection. A titanium screw is bored in the back part of the jawbone with a back tooth crown attached.
Back tooth may be at the hindmost part of the mouth, but it directly affects the appearance and function of a person.
The back tooth is used in chewing food. It breaks food into small particles for easy swallowing. The absence of back teeth makes it hard to eat.
Furthermore, the back teeth maintain the height of our jaw bite called the vertical dimension of the jaw. The absence of back teeth decreases the height of jaw making a person appear old.
Am I a candidate
What’s great with dental implants is that almost everyone can have an implant placed in their jawbone. For most people, it is the most convenient way to replace an extracted tooth.
However, patients with ages below 16 years old are not yet recommended to have dental implants. Their bones are not yet fully developed at this age. Placing a back tooth implant in a growing bone may end up having the implant in an undesirable position.
Diseases, such as uncontrolled diabetes, may also cause the body’s immune system to weaken. Persons with medical problems might be prohibited from having dental implants.
Benefits of replacement
It is important to replace any missing tooth for many reasons, to restore a full smile for aesthetic reasons, but for a molar tooth especially it is vital to replace the tooth for many other reasons:
- The back tooth implant will preserve the vertical dimension or height of the jaw.
- It will also preserve the width of the jawbone which prevents you from looking old.
- Since the back tooth implant is fixed, it will be easier to eat compared to removable dentures.
- There is no fear of something getting dislodged out of the mouth.
Painkillers prescribed could be taken to ease discomfort after surgical procedure. Swelling can be relieved by applying an ice bag on the surgical side for 10 minutes every hour for 24 hours.
Infection is very unlikely to happen and should be avoided by keeping your mouth clean. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You may also use Chlorhexidine mouthwash to prevent the development of an infection.
Visit the dentist for your routine dental check-up and cleanings. It requires a special dental instrument to clean the surfaces of the implant which toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
A missing back tooth can be restored with a fixed bridge or a denture.
- A fixed bridge is a treatment to replace a missing back tooth with one tooth left on each side. Back tooth on each side will be used as an abutment by removing little tooth structure where a fake tooth will be attached to fill the gap.
- A removable partial denture is a common treatment for missing one or more back teeth. Although there are retention issues and bone loss stimulation, a removable denture is an affordable treatment alternative.
The Dental Implant is by far the best solution for missing teeth.