One-Sided Chewing

A 60-year-old-or-so man has two top missing molars (Fig.1 *).  He can chew only on the other side, including a bottom molar tooth, labeled as #, which looks ok.  In 4 years, the molar finally breaks down (root fracture, Fig.2 ^), causing surrounding bone infection.  If the top missing molars had been restored with implants earlier, the bottom molar would have been alright now.

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Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 12/31/2017, last revision 12/31/2017