Why you should replace lost teeth even if they’re not visible.
Our back teeth come under a lot of pressure on a daily basis. Largely responsible for grinding and chewing our food, it is probably not surprising that damage to these teeth is not uncommon. They can also be more difficult to keep clean, especially at the very back of the rear teeth where a toothbrush may not reach as well.
Whilst damaged and decayed teeth can often be filled or repaired, this does not always guarantee that they will last forever, and sometimes they become so damaged or decayed that they need to be extracted.
Should they be replaced?
Some patients who have rear teeth extracted choose not to replace them, leaving a gap. The logic to this is that these teeth are not really very visible. There are very good reasons for replacing these teeth though. Not only will not doing so limit the type of foods that you feel comfortable eating, but often means that you switch their role to other teeth which are less suitable for this purpose. In some cases, this can lead to damaged or eroded teeth elsewhere in the mouth.
How to replace them