People who are missing teeth and want or need to fix how their smiles look may need braces and dental implants. When this happens, the order in which these treatments are given will depend on what the patient needs most. Read this blog to know more about the uses of dental implants before and after using dental braces.
Dental Implants For Your Teeth After Using Braces
The most common treatment we know is putting in implants after orthodontic work. This is true for more than one reason. First and most importantly, once dental implants are in the jaw and osseointegration has happened, they can’t move. Unlike natural teeth, they won’t move when you get them straightened. So, if the teeth around the implant need to be moved, it is better to have the implant put in after all the teeth are in the right place.
In some cases, orthodontic work must be done before the implants can be put in. In this case, orthodontic work will also need to be done before the implant surgery can be done. Once your braces are off, there will be plenty of space for your implant, and you’ll be able to smile again with a perfect smile.
Dental Implants Before Braces
There are times when it’s better to get dental implants before braces. Implants can be put in before braces if the teeth that will be moved are not close to the ones that will be replaced. For example, if you will only have braces on your front teeth but are missing a molar, the molar can be replaced with an implant before the orthodontic treatment begins. Sometimes, an implant will be used as part of the orthodontic work. Since the implant won’t move, it can hold your braces in place and help them work better.
Why Braces Are Better Than Dental Implants?
Braces use constant force to move teeth and jaws into place. This is why we add dental implants after the orthodontic work is done. Unlike real teeth, dental implants don’t move once they are put in the jaw. Dental implants don’t move because of a process called “osseointegration,” in which the natural bone grows into the implant’s surface. This gives the implant its shape and function. Implants that have osseointegrated won’t move with braces. This means that if the teeth around them need to be fixed, the braces won’t work as they should.
Dental implants don’t move when you use braces to straighten your teeth. If a patient’s teeth aren’t in the right place and we need to move them, it’s much easier to put in a dental implant after the teeth are in the right place than to move the teeth around the implant.
In some cases, braces are used to move teeth out of the way to make room for the dental implant. Once we take off your braces, we’ll have plenty of room to put in the implant, and you’ll be able to smile again as soon as possible.
When Would We Put Implants In Your Teeth Before Braces?
Like braces, dental implants aren’t just for looks. Talking, eating, and smiling is hard when you don’t have teeth. To start putting in a dental implant, a metal post is put into the gum tissue to replace the root of the missing tooth. Next, we put the fake tooth (crown) on an extension of the dental implant’s post (abutment). When finished, the dental implant will look like a real tooth, but it won’t move like a real tooth.
Even so, there are times when orthodontists and oral surgeons would use dental implants instead of braces. This is true if the teeth that need to be straightened are in a different part of the mouth than where the dental implants will be. If you need braces for your front teeth but are missing a molar, we can replace the missing molar with an implant before starting the orthodontic treatment.
In some cases, dental implants can even help with braces, and an orthodontist can use an implant to hold the braces in place. We can use the implant to hold the braces in place and improve the results because it won’t move.You can visit our dental clinic for the best dental implant related treatment.