At The Philadelphia Dentist we see emergencies 7 days a week. Unfortunately, many times the problem is a hopeless tooth that can no longer be saved and we must surgically remove the tooth. People often ask me, “Doc, why do I need to replace a missing tooth? If it is in the back, no one can see it.”
All of the teeth front and back work as a team. The Front Teeth are for talking, smiling and biting into food. They also protect the back teeth from damage from clenching and grinding.
The Back Teeth are for chewing the food. They also protect the front teeth from damage by supporting all of the normal biting pressure. The front teeth are not strong enough to absorb the enormous biting pressure that we humans can exert and will eventually loosen if not protected by a full set of back teeth.
Except for a wisdom tooth, when a tooth is removed from anywhere in the mouth, the other teeth will drift and shift. This can lead to infected gum pockets and decay. The missing teeth can also aggravate bite problems like clenching, grinding and TMJ(jaw joint) problems such as headaches, popping and clicking.
There are many modern and comfortable options to replace missing teeth. Dental Implants, Porcelain Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partials are just some of the choices available today.