Lost Back Molars: Are Dental Implants an Option?

If you are missing back molars, you should speak to a dentist that provides Las Vegas dental implants as you can replace any missing teeth with implants including back molars. Your back molars help you chew food properly and they also affect your overall bite while easing some of the excessive pressure put on the front teeth when chewing.

Regardless if you’re missing front or back teeth, a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can restore your smile. By far, implants are the best way to preserve the integrity of your jawbone and the most realistic way to replace missing teeth.

Dental Implant Facts

Dental implants are the only available option for replacing missing teeth that includes an artificial tooth root. This root is made of titanium and looks like a tiny screw. Once it is placed in the jawbone, the implant fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This process is imperative to ensuring the success of your implant as your jawbone must completely fuse or bond with the artificial root to make your replacement tooth strong, durable and long-lasting.

The proper bonding of your implant with the bone is important also for stimulating the bone in jaw so it does not deteriorate and shrink. When you chew with a dental implant, the root of the implant will stimulate the bone for proper regeneration. Without the root, your jawbone will slowly shrink or atrophy which will ultimately alter the shape of your face and the manner in which your jaws fit together. This is why preserving the jawbone is one of the biggest advantages to replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Are You A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Some factors that help make you a good candidate for dental implants include:

  • Good overall & oral health
  • Be free of any immune system disorders
  • Be diabetes-free
  • Be a nontobacco user
  • Have good jawbone health
  • Be free of gum disease

Some of these factors require treatment before implants can be placed. For example, if you have gum disease, it should be brought under control before the implant procedure. Dr. Letelier will discuss these options and issues with you at your initial consultation before you decide if dental implants are right for you.