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Question:
Orthodontics and Implants? I had a dentist tell me that I need implants because an orthodontist tightened my teeth way too tight when I was a teenager.

I guess I have no bone in my upper gum line. If I bump my head on anything they could fall out at any time.

Are implants going to work considering I have a bone deterioration? ...Visitor from WI

Answer:
Occasionally after orthodontic treatment the tips of the root re-sorb. There seems to be a correlation with the amount of force that is used when repositioning the tooth. There is also a genetic component.

Generally the re-sorption of the roots do not play a role in the available amount of bone to place dental implants. Without looking at x-rays and periodontal probings it is impossible to make an accurate diagnosis.

The benefit to having implants placed are:

1. Maintaining the current amount of bone that is present
2 .The adjacent teeth are not mutilated
3. The force of chewing is divided over the natural teeth and the artificial roots (implants)
4. Increased predictability and self confidence

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