Reasons Dr. Gray Recommends Replacing Missing Teeth
At Dr. Ian Gray Dental Group, we know that dealing with tooth loss can be emotional and overwhelming. Patients experience tooth loss for numerous reasons, such as severe decay, trauma to the mouth, or illness. No matter the reason, it can be a confusing and difficult time, and we are here to help every step of the way. Patients who have lost a front tooth are often eager to find a tooth replacement solution as quickly as possible. Others, especially those who have missing teeth in the back of the mouth or older patients, are often more hesitant to schedule their appointment. We are frequently asked if rear molars need to be replaced, and our answer is always the same — your teeth, no matter where they are, should always be replaced.
Why Do Teeth Need to be Replaced?
We know that some of our patients assume that if a tooth is in the back of the mouth it does not need to be replaced; however, that can not be farther from the truth. Although each tooth has its own separate space in your mouth, all of the teeth work together as a team with a common goal. When even one tooth is missing, it can cause problems with the surrounding teeth. One analogy would be when a hockey player receives a penalty and is in the penalty box, the remaining players on the team are at an extreme disadvantage because there is one less player on the ice. When one or more teeth are missing and are not replaced, it can affect the way the surrounding teeth perform. You may experience problems such as:
- Uneven wear on the teeth
- Jaw discomfort
- Bite issues
- Teeth that shift out of place
We are here to help you choose the best tooth replacement for your lifestyle and budget. If you are interested in learning which tooth replacement method we recommend for you or a loved one, be sure to contact our office located in Newmarket, ON to schedule an appointment. We want to help restore your smile!