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Not enough space for implant?

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Posted by: bumpytail  (9 years ago)

About two years ago, my tooth #13 was extracted due to severe decay and infection. Two days ago, I went to the dentist to ask about getting an implant. After checking on my mouth, he said I have no enough space for the implant as my teeth moved and have slightly closed in the gap. He said I should get a bridge instead. I don’t want my other healthy teeth to be compromised. I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to be done to get enough room for the implant. Thanks in advance.
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This is not an unusual problem with dental implants. If the teeth next to the gap are healthy, with no fillings, then I agree that it is best to avoid a bridge. The space can be increased with an orthodontic brace. You will need to see an orthodontist about this, and he will have to talk to your dentist to be sure exactly how much space is needed. It makes overall treatment time longer, but is the best solution in the long run. You can read more about this at

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Posted 9 years ago