Are upper second molar implants a waste of time and money?
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More chewing surface
Re-establishing 2nd molar occlusion is helpful in distributing the biting forces over more teeth. This is very important when a patient has other missing teeth or compromised teeth (teeth will existing large fillings).
Second molar implants
Second Molar Implants
They are not necessarily a waste of time and money. Every case is different. Your dentist may have a very good reason for his/her advice. From my perspective, I would consider 2nd molar implants an elective procedure. However, in the event that the lower second molar is still present then there is a risk that you can lose that one over time as it migrates up into the space of the absent upper second molar. If this is the case, then placing a second molar upper implant becomes a mandatory option to prevent this from happening.
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