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Old 02-11-2020, 04:17 PM
 
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I'm missing the 2 back teeth on both sides (upper + lower) for a total of 8. Are these missing teeth inconsequential in that they're not needed to keep the other teeth from shifting? Because I don't miss them for eating purposes and planning to go without them if they're not needed for the health of the other teeth.

(missing 1,2,15,16,17,18,31,32 see chart)
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'm missing the 2 back teeth on both sides (upper + lower) for a total of 8. Are these missing teeth inconsequential in that they're not needed to keep the other teeth from shifting? Because I don't miss them for eating purposes and planning to go without them if they're not needed for the health of the other teeth.

(missing 1,2,15,16,17,18,31,32 see chart)
Don't know about 8 missing, but our dentist does not push getting a bridge or anything if the missing teeth are not bothering you, and do not show. As we age, there is less shifting. I am lucky, I only have one missing tooth and it is a wisdom tooth I had pulled about 3 years ago. I am also in my 80s, we I don't even worry about missing teeth if it were to happen. Now if it was in the front or showed that would be a different case. I know a lot of people with missing back teeth.
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:54 AM
 
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Dentist here. The teeth you are describing are the 2nd and 3rd molars. The dental research is generally in agreement that the majority of people can function perfectly fine as long you have at least the 1st molars (03,14,19,30) and there are no other missing teeth. If you lose one of those then you should get it replaced, preferably with a dental implant.
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:37 AM
 
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Dentist here. The teeth you are describing are the 2nd and 3rd molars. The dental research is generally in agreement that the majority of people can function perfectly fine as long you have at least the 1st molars (03,14,19,30) and there are no other missing teeth. If you lose one of those then you should get it replaced, preferably with a dental implant.

Excellent to hear!
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:09 PM
 
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I'm glad to hear this from a dentist. I'm missing #1 and #16 (end teeth on the top)- they were pulled years ago and no dentist ever recommended replacing them. One, a dentist who teaches at UMD-NJ said after the extraction of one of them, "you don't need it".


I HAVE had teeth replaced with implants where a gap would have been left otherwise- my understanding is that that's when you run into trouble because the adjacent teeth move into the space.
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