If you’ve lost a rear molar, it’s important to replace it, even though it’s not in a highly visible location in your smile. Your rear molars are instrumental in chewing, and leaving an empty space in the smile can result in the remaining teeth shifting out of their proper positions to fill in the gap.
Patients who need to replace a missing molar may want to explore dental implants to restore their smile due to the many advantages associated with that treatment option. Many patients will be able to rely on implant dentistry to replace a rear molar, although certain conditions must be met.
Considerations For Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants outperform conventional tooth replacements because they are structurally complete. After the oral surgeon inserts the implant into the patient’s jaw, the surrounding bone tissue will gradually fuse with the implant, rendering it a root-like fixture in the jaw.
The nature of osseointegration requires sufficient bone tissue for the bond between bone and implant to form completely. When evaluating your case, your oral surgeon will determine whether you have enough bone to support osseointegration at the implant site.
This can be a challenge for patients who are looking to dental implants to replace a lost rear molar. The bone in that area of the jaw is thinner because it is located directly underneath the sinus cavity. Therefore, it erodes more quickly after tooth loss.
In order to reduce the likelihood that bone loss will interfere with a patient getting a dental implant to replace a missing molar, patients should consult with an oral surgeon as soon as possible to begin the treatment planning process.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Implant dentistry offers patients numerous advantages in comparison to conventional tooth replacement options, including the following:
- Better chewing function
- Minimal impact on surrounding teeth
Patients who are interested in having a dental implant placed to replace a missing molar should contact our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to schedule an evaluation. We can determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.