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The large molars at the back of your mouth are used to do a significant amount of work grinding and chewing foods. Without them you would likely struggle to effectively process hard and tough foods. Losing one to untreated tooth decay, treatment-related extraction or a dental avulsion can significantly impair the function of your mouth.

Options for molar restoration can sometimes be limited. A missing rear molar can’t viably be restored by a dental bridge as there is no corresponding tooth to anchor it to. Even if a molar can be restored by a dental bridge or incorporated into a partial denture, many recipients complain that it doesn’t feel as strong as the original tooth.

In a situation like this, Dr. Tovar often recommends installing a dental implant. This is a titanium abutment that can be inserted into your jaw during a single outpatient appointment.

This calls for making a small incision in the gums to gain direct access the underlying bone structure. A narrow channel will then be drilled into the bone and the titanium abutment will be screwed into the original socket. Titanium is known to be biologically inert and it will gradually bond with natural bone tissues in the area to provide an anchor for an eventual dental crown that will rival the original molar.

If you live in the Peoria, Arizona, area and you need a molar restored, you should call 623-561-1470 to set up a dental restoration consultation at Pleasant Valley Dentistry.