It’s not unusual for patients to require more than one treatment. Often, patients who require a dental implant may also need braces for straightening misaligned teeth. If you require both dental implants and braces, which one should you get first?
Braces Come Before Dental Implants (Usually)
In most cases, braces come before implants. Unlike regular teeth, implants cannot be repositioned once they’re inserted into the jaw and osseointegration— the implant fusing with the jaw bone — has taken place. Implants consist of a titanium rod that attaches itself to the bone and is not affected by the exerted pull of braces.
In addition, implants may not be possible at all if there is insufficient space due to misalignment and crowding of the teeth.
There are, however, circumstances in which dental implants will need to be inserted first. In some cases, implants need to be placed before braces to serve as an anchor point for the wires. There are also circumstances when the decision is left entirely to the patient. If braces are only required on the top section of the teeth, for example, and the implant is for replacing a bottom tooth, then the implant may come first.
What if you need braces but already have an implant? In most cases, this isn’t a problem; your orthodontist can work around it or even use it as anchorage as described. In rare instances, however, the implant may need to be removed.
In any case, your dentist will let you know the best course of action depending on the condition of your teeth and gums.
Get in Touch with a Dentist Near You
For dental advice related to implants and/or braces, contact 1895 Dental Implants. Our participating dentists provide implant treatment and may also provide orthodontic treatment or refer you to a nearby orthodontist. Should you require both dental implants and braces, our dentists will care for you.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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