Typically, people have eight molars in the back of their mouth. These teeth are your chief molar grinders. If a molar is lost due to untreated tooth decay or knocked out in an accident, it can hamper your abilities to grind down your food and may even affect the way you speak.
Sometimes a missing first molar can be traded for a dental bridge. This requires two healthy teeth to be adjacent to the void in order to secure the bridge. A missing rear molar can’t viably be reestablished in this manner, as there is no second tooth to serve as an anchor.
In a situation like this, Dr. Todd A. Williams can reinstate the missing molar by connecting a dental implant at their Dallas, Texas, clinic. This includes a minimally invasive oral surgery where a small titanium implant is inserted directly into the jawbone. You will need to be sedated for the duration of the treatment. You will also need to arrange to have someone drive you home.
After the dental implant has united with the surrounding tissues, it will offer a strong anchor for a dental crown. Once this is complete, the fully restored molar will last for many long years ahead.
If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you have a missing a molar or any other tooth, just call 214-691-0101 to schedule a dental implant consultation at Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery.