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Can i have impacted canine surgery with tmj then get braces?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes : It is important that your dentist, orthodontist and oral,surgeon work closely together during your treatment. Get your TMJ diagnosed by an experienced dentist, prosthodontist or oral surgeon first as this will drive your treatment plan.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Surgery: Surgery for impacted canines means first straightening your teeth, making adequate room for the impacted tooth to be brought into the arch, then using the braces as a source of anchorage to help erupt the impacted tooth. Usually w Orthodontic Rx TMJ dysfunction improves. These are separate issues. Discuss your malocclusion with an Orthodontic Specialist before proceeding.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, but: Yes, but make sure your orthodontist is board certified and also experienced with TMJ
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Yes, you can: Impacted canines surgery can affect your function and appearance of your smile, but not TMJ. Braces are always first choice after this surgery.

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