Dental implants: Dental bonding

Some people very quickly get used to losing a tooth, especially if the gap isn’t so visible when they smile. But a missing tooth and the gap its leaves behind will over time become a problem for your other teeth.

Besides esthetics, there can be bone loss where the tooth is missing. “A missing tooth can also cause a lot of functional problems while chewing,” explains Dr. Libor Michnal at ArtDentistic, his Bratislava dental clinic. In addition, the surrounding teeth will tend to fill the gap and, in the worst case scenario, the dental arch could collapse.

“My bottom first molar’s been missing for years,” said Beata, 45, from Bratislava.  “Since I didn’t have the bicuspid next to it either, there was a good-sized gap between the other bicuspid and the second molar. I got used to it. After some time, however, my dentist warned me that the first molar opposite it in the upper dental arch was starting to slide out, too. It was lacking chewing force. He told me that, unless I did something about it, I would lose my upper tooth over time. So I opted for an implant…”

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