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Missing Back Teeth? Dental Implants Are Still a Wise Choice


When you get a front tooth (or teeth) knocked out, it’s hard not to notice. It’s one of the main reasons people choose dental implants when they visit their Kelowna dental centre.

But what about your back teeth? If one of your molars accidentally gets knocked out, who’s going to know? In theory, you could carry on as if nothing ever happened and no one would ask you about it every time you smiled. Right?

While it’s true those around you might not notice the effects of a missing back tooth, you certainly would. Maybe not right away, but over time, the negative consequences could be quite significant.

Teeth Are More than Cosmetic

Having nice teeth is so much more than just having a nice smile. Sure, being able to flash a magnificent grin is a terrific side effect, but it’s more about having proper functionality in your mouth and jaw. In particular, your back teeth play an important role in chewing and affect your overall ‘bite.’

To lose even one of your posterior teeth could lead to a number of consequences that would require the assistance of your Kelowna dentist:

  • Loss of chewing efficiency
  • Shifting of adjacent teeth
  • Increased wear on adjacent teeth
  • Loss of alveolar bone support
  • Extrusion of opposing teeth
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
As you can see, the corresponding loss of function and other effects resulting from a lost tooth can be significant. So, if you’re not worried about getting dental implants for cosmetic reasons, it would be a good idea to consider them from a dentist’s perspective.

Changes in Appearance
Just because people might not see it in your smile right away, they might start to notice the sunken appearance in your cheeks.
Dental Implants or Bridgework?
As mentioned, the effects of a missing tooth (shifting, extrusion etc.) might not be noticeable right away, but they will start to happen. That’s why it’s a good idea to consult your Kelowna dentist sooner, rather than later. As conditions deteriorate, it’ll become increasingly difficult to find a workable, long-lasting solution.

Thanks to advancements in the dental profession, dental implants are widely accepted as the best method for tooth replacement for a number of reasons:

  • Freestanding (no other apparatus required)
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Functional
  • Minimally invasive to surrounding teeth
There is also a second implant option: mini implants. To learn the difference between this and the regular procedure, check out our post: Dental Implants or Mini Implants in Kelowna: Which Is the Best Fit for You?

However, in order for dental implants to work, the patient must have sufficient bone volume to anchor the implant. Otherwise, a non-removable fixed bridge is a sound alternative.

Your best bet is to book an appointment with your Kelowna dental centre to discuss your options.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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