Modern dentistry provides reliable remedies for knocked-out or otherwise missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent option for a confident smile, but for molars, dental implants are a somewhat complicated affair.
The top and bottom parts of your jaw differ. First, they differ in size. In an ideal mouth, the upper teeth go slightly over the lower teeth, and the molars of the top and bottom pieces of the jaw fit together kind of like a puzzle.
The top molars are attached to what is called the maxilla, or upper jaw. The maxillary bone has lower density, and its ridge is short, and this can lead to complications when trying to put in dental implants.
Most dentists want the anchor of a dental implant, the part inside the gum, to be as long as the crown, or visible tooth. But with the molars, sometimes there isn’t enough bone to work with. An important part of the molar tooth implant procedure is determining how much bone you have in your jaw, so that the appropriate measures can be taken.
If there isn’t enough bone, the dentist or dental surgeon might perform what is called sinus augmentation, which is when the sinus membrane is elevated and filled with graft material. This procedure has a high success rate for dental implants.
If the implant isn’t prepared properly, or if drilling and installation aren’t done correctly, the sinuses in the maxilla can be affected. Furthermore, implants in the maxilla can be displaced into the maxillary sinus, research shows, which can be a serious problem. This doesn’t happen often, however. When it does, the patient experiences congestion, throbbing headaches, sinus discharge and inflammation.
In addition to the nature of the bone making the implant procedure difficult, additional nerves in this part of the mouth complicate the procedure.
But is this really something the average person needs to worry about? Tooth loss is a rather common thing, according to the American Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons. About 70 percent those ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, because of things like accidents, dental procedures gone wrong, tooth decay or gum disease. While accidents might more commonly knock out the front teeth, tooth decay and disease can affect any part of the mouth, and molars are not exception.