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Prosthetic Orthodontics Specialist

Advanced Digital Orthodontics

Robert J. Lopatkin, DDS

Orthodontist located in Roslyn, NY

If you’re getting dental implants, but still have some of your permanent, natural teeth, prosthetic orthodontics can restore your smile to a healthy, vibrant condition. At Advanced Digital Orthodontics, orthodontist Robert Lopatkin, DDS, uses prosthetic orthodontics to straighten teeth prior to implant placement. To make an appointment at the practice in Roslyn, New York, call the office or book online.

Prosthetic Orthodontics Q & A

What is prosthetic orthodontics?

If you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, it’s important to undergo orthodontic treatment before receiving dental implants. That’s because once the implants fuse to your jaw, they’re unable to change position. By straightening your teeth before implant surgery, Dr. Lopatkin can lower the risk of complications and ensure more positive treatment outcomes.

Why would I need prosthetic orthodontics?

If you want dental implants but still have existing permanent teeth, it’s important those teeth are properly aligned. If they’re crooked or malpositioned, it can interfere with implant placement and increase your risk of infection, implant failure, or gum disease. 

Prosthetic orthodontics provides a quick and convenient way to straighten your remaining teeth. Once they’re properly aligned, Dr. Lopatkin can refer you to an oral surgeon who places your implants during a quick outpatient procedure.

I’m missing teeth, can I still benefit from prosthetic orthodontics?

Yes. Prosthetic orthodontics is designed for people who are missing multiple teeth.

When Dr. Lopatkin bonds the braces to your teeth, he extends the wire across the gaps in your smile, leaving room for future dental implants. During prosthetic orthodontic treatment, the braces widen the spaces between your teeth, allowing for more effective implant placement. 

If the gaps in your smile are already large enough to support dental implants, orthodontic treatment helps maintain the necessary spacing.

How long does treatment with prosthetic orthodontics take?

The length of time that prosthetic orthodontic treatment takes depends on the alignment issues addressed and your adherence to Dr. Lopatkin’s plan. Most people achieve their desired results within 12-18* months, but it can take shorter or longer. To help speed up the process, attend each checkup and carefully follow Dr. Lopatkin’s instructions. 

Am I a good candidate for prosthetic orthodontics?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for prosthetic orthodontics, Dr. Lopatkin conducts an exam and asks about your goals for treatment. Then, he orders a series of oral X-rays to determine the position of your teeth and jaw. After gathering the information, he develops a custom orthodontic treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

Depending on how many teeth you’re missing, he might recommend traditional metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces, or an expander. Following orthodontic treatment, he refers you to an oral surgeon for dental implant placement.

To learn more about prosthetic orthodontics, make an appointment at Advanced Digital Orthodontics by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.