Is it best to get dental implants before or after orthodontic treatment?
Dental implants have revolutionized the way dental professionals address tooth loss. These permanent replacement teeth are made from durable materials that restore the function of an entire tooth, including the roots. Surgically placed into the jawbone, dental implants consist of a titanium rod with an attached artificial crown. This allows patients to enjoy virtually any type of food without the eating limitations commonly associated with dentures. Placed by our oral surgeon, dental implants are durable enough to last a lifetime with proper care.
Patients who are candidates for dental implants may require orthodontic treatment as well. Depending on the needs of the patient, braces and other orthodontic appliances may be used before or after the placement of dental implants.
Orthodontic Treatment before Receiving Dental Implants
When a tooth is missing for a period of time, surrounding teeth may shift and collapse into empty tooth sockets. To remedy this problem, patients may undergo orthodontic treatment before receiving implants to correct the misplacement of teeth. Orthodontics is useful before implants when patients are missing teeth for congenital reasons. For example, some patients are born without the upper set of first molars. If this is the case, the mouth may not possess enough room to insert a dental implant where a tooth never existed. Orthodontic treatment can help shift teeth over time to create the space necessary for the implant.
Dental Implants before Orthodontic Treatment
Some patients benefit from orthodontics after an implant has been embedded into the jawbone. Implants, because of their durability, can be used to accelerate or improve the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment by acting as anchors for orthodontic appliances. In this instance, the appliance will be fitted to the post of the implant and when treatment is complete; the appliance will be removed and replaced with a natural-looking dental crown.
Our oral surgeon works with area orthodontists to provide the best treatment possible for patients. To schedule a dental implant consultation, contact Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today.