Getting dental implants in lieu of closing gaps from tooth removals for braces?
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Closing gaps with implants
Normally if you had to take teeth out due to crowding, you would not have enough space for implants once the teeth are straight. However, in order to give you accurate advice I need to see photos and X-rays of your teeth.
Keeping normal arch shape is ideal, extractions can be bad
While sometimes we are forced to extract teeth due to crowding, if at all possible it is best to keep the normal dimensions of arch form. Closing spaces will bring the anterior teeth backwards and restrict tongue space. This can lead to TMJ issue or airway problems (snoring/sleep apnea). If implants can be done, that is better.
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