I’m trying not to cry. I had very expensive dental implants done because of extensive decay on my back teeth. I’m in for a check-up and asked my dentist why I had so much trouble with those teeth. He said it’s due to my need for braces. If my teeth would have been placed into proper alignment I likely wouldn’t have struggled with them. I asked him why he didn’t tell me this ahead of time. I couldn’t believe his answer. He said, “You never asked and I don’t do braces.” What?! Is it too late for me to get braces now that I already have dental implants? Will I have to remove them and start over?
I’m so sorry this was your experience with your dentist. Personally, I think it’s inexcusable. His job is to advise you on what you need for your teeth, not just what you ask about and what he supplies. You can likely still get the braces you need, but let’s discuss your options.
You could remove them, but that would be a difficult procedure for you. Then, to replace the teeth again with dental implants, you’ll need to build up the bone structure again with bone grafting. Then re-do the implant surgery.
My suggestion would be to leave them in and find an orthodontist who’s had experience working with implants. It wouldn’t hurt to have a dentist with significant expertise in dental implants consult with your dentist doing the braces.
Consider Invisalign with Your Dental Implants
Because most adults would not enjoy wearing traditional metal braces, I’m going to suggest Invisalign. These are clear aligners that no one will be able to see, even at a conversational distance. The treatment plan is also carefully developed by a sophisticated software program to give you the most effective treatment possible.
Your best solution would be to find a dentist with expertise in dental implants who also does the Invisalign procedure. Look at Dr. Murphrees’ bio page to get an idea of what type of training you’ll want your dentist to have to make this work. Your situation is more complicated than most. Truthfully, it wouldn’t hurt you to find a new dentist anyway. I’m not too keen on the one you currently have.
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