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Is it best to get dental implants before or after braces?


photodune-2554873-teeth-with-braces-xs-300x200Patients with missing teeth who also want or need to bring their smiles into the correct alignment may need to get both braces and dental implants as part of the treatment plan. In such cases, the patient’s specific needs will determine the order in which those treatments are provided.

In many cases, the orthodontic treatment is completed first, as implants cannot be repositioned after the oral surgeon inserts them into the jaw and osseointegration proceeds. Therefore, the teeth will need to be repositioned in order to create the space into which the dental implant can then be placed.

However, under some circumstances, it may be necessary to place the dental implant before orthodontic treatment begins. For example, if the dental implant needs to serve as an anchor point so that the appropriate forces can be applied to reposition the teeth as needed, the patient would likely get the implant before the braces are put on. Also, if the teeth in the vicinity of the implant are not targeted for the orthodontic treatment, the patient might get the implant first in that situation, as well.

Ultimately, your orthodontist and oral surgeon will collaborate closely on a treatment plan that requires both braces and dental implants to determine the optimal timing for each intervention. All of the members of your treatment team want to do everything possible to achieve your desired outcomes.

Whenever implant placement occurs, it is likely to take place in an outpatient setting. The procedure typically takes just a few hours. Your surgeon will give you specific pre-operative and post-operative instructions so that you can be prepared for the surgery and know what to do to reduce your risks of complications afterward. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about these instructions. It’s important to understand them clearly.

Patients are able to get both dental implants and braces to improve the appearance of their smiles when necessary. If your orthodontist has recommended an oral surgery consult for dental implants, please contact Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule an initial evaluation with one of our experienced oral surgeons.