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Question:
Teeth Shifting After Orthodontic Treatment: I had my braces removed six years ago. So I had had four teeth extracted (two from upper, two from bottom jaw).

But a year later after I removed my braces, I had to extract one tooth, a premolar, I think from my right lower jaw.

At first I didn't care too much, but after five years or so, other teeth in my lower jaw started to shift. They are now crooked, worse than before I put braces. The gap left by my lost tooth has narrowed much, that now can't be treated with a bridge.

My question is, can I put braces, to shift my other teeth back to their positions after the treatment, that opens up the gap of the lost tooth, and I just put a bridge there, or an implant, Can this be done? ... Visitor from Malaysia

Answer:
Yes, many patients have combined the use of dental implants to replace teeth that otherwise could cause teeth to shift.

If possible, try to find a dentist who is knowledgeable in implant dentistry AND orthodontics... to eliminate the need to go to different specialists.

If that is not possible, consider getting a consult with a Periodontist for the implant treatment... and then relying on a referral from the Periodontist to get the "right" dentist to complete the orthodontic portion of treatment.

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