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Does mouth bone loss affect your chances at getting braces?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Klein
Nephrology and Dialysis 51 years experience
Bone loss: Braces are usually used in young people who are growing and their should never be bone loss in that age group. If that is the case, then further investigation re nutritional deficiencies and genetic diseases causing loss of phosphorus, calcium or vitamin d are in order.
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 16 years experience
Braces: Not necessarily; however it will be a factor. It really depends on the amount of bone loss and the areas. Sometimes a combination of treatments will be needed including braces, bone and gum grafts, restorative dental work by the dentist, and other possible treatments. Get an orthodontic consultation to review all your options.
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Dr. David Schleimer
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39 years experience
It can, but...: Severe and active bone loss precludes wearing braces, it is not healthy. It can worsen the problem. If bone has been lost, but not too much and loss is not active, treatment may be possible or even a good thing. Uprighting angled teeth can reduce food impactions (a source of loss), and in some cases moving teeth into areas of greater bone can increase the support of those teeth. Careful planning!
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Last updated Apr 4, 2017

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