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Never Ignore a Missing Molar Elk Grove, CA
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Never Ignore a Missing Molar

While it is common for patients to rush to the dental office when they lose a front tooth, it is less popular for patients to realize they need tooth replacement for a missing tooth in the back of the mouth (molar). Without the threat of aesthetics, do you really need to replace a missing molar? The answer is yes!

Cosmetics are just one of many drawbacks of missing teeth. Regardless of where it is in your mouth, a missing tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift out of position. As your existing teeth migrate towards the open space, it can create misalignment in the front of your mouth as well as put you at greater risk for cavities. Teeth that are crowded and out of alignment are more difficult to keep clean!

Malocclusion (a bad bite) can also occur when you lose your molar and your teeth shift out of place. Your teeth may start to feel different when you bite them together. This can compromise your chewing function as well as create painful jaw symptoms or TMJ disorder. In addition, the abnormal pressures on different tooth surfaces may lead to premature wear of your smile.

A lesser-known consequence of missing teeth is bone loss. Without a natural tooth root to stimulate the underlying jawbone, the bone can suffer atrophy or begin to resorb over time. When this occurs, you may look older than you really are due to a sunken appearance in your lower face. Bone loss can even jeopardize your chances of getting a dental implant, as implants need proper bone density and height to be successful.

At Laguna West Dental Care, we have a talented and skilled restorative dentist who offers bridges and dental implants. Our office offers top ranked solutions that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you have a missing molar, don’t assume you can wait to replace it. Schedule your appointment in Elk Grove today.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 683-7300

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Our Patient Reviews

Laguna West Dental Care


Based on 19 reviews

Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!