Are You Getting a Dental Implant? You May Need Orthodontic Work Beforehand

For whatever reason, you have put off replacing a missing tooth for a while. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area.  A dental implant does not come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general dental health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.

Are You Getting a Dental Implant? You May Need Orthodontic Work Beforehand

But, if your tooth has been missing for quite some time, there could be an issue with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the open space may have gradually shifted into it, leaving no room for the dental implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their correct position.

Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used method for straightening teeth. While they are very effective, metal braces are quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them for several months. But there is another option – Invisalign. Invisalign includes a series of clear aligners worn in two-week intervals, to gradually move the teeth to their desired positions. They are nearly invisible to others and can be removed for cleaning teeth or special occasions. What is more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function, and appearance. To schedule your next appointment to discuss a dental implant, call Family First Dental at (402) 644-3177 today!

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Posted on: Friday, September 14, 2018
Last modified on: Friday, September 14, 2018

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