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Can orthodontics be an alternative of getting a fake tooth?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Tooth Replacement

Yes, orthodontics can be a good alternative to replacing a missing tooth; however, there are a few factors that need to be considered by the orthodontist.
These factors include the following: which tooth is missing, how will the teeth fit together, will the new bite affect the jaw joint, the esthetic appearance, etc. Be sure to discuss all these things with your orthodontist prior to treatment.

In brief: Tooth Replacement

Yes, orthodontics can be a good alternative to replacing a missing tooth; however, there are a few factors that need to be considered by the orthodontist.
These factors include the following: which tooth is missing, how will the teeth fit together, will the new bite affect the jaw joint, the esthetic appearance, etc. Be sure to discuss all these things with your orthodontist prior to treatment.
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. David Schleimer
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Sometimes you can shift to eliminate spacing or crowding.
Best to talk with your restorative dentist and orthodontist.

In brief: Yes

Sometimes you can shift to eliminate spacing or crowding.
Best to talk with your restorative dentist and orthodontist.
Dr. Stephen Tsoucaris
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Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Spaces can be closed and replacement not needed in many cases.

In brief: Yes

Spaces can be closed and replacement not needed in many cases.
Dr. Robert Stoner
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes it can be

Replacing a missing tooth usually has several alternatives depending on the bite, which tooth is missing, crowding, and other factors.
Your general dentist and orthodontist can review your alternatives and help decide which will work best for you.

In brief: Sometimes it can be

Replacing a missing tooth usually has several alternatives depending on the bite, which tooth is missing, crowding, and other factors.
Your general dentist and orthodontist can review your alternatives and help decide which will work best for you.
Dr. Donald Rollofson
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Dr. Keith Grimm
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

It depends on your bite (how your top and bottom teeth meet).
It would be best to be evaluated by an orthodontist in your area. Talk to your regular dentist and see who they recommend.

In brief: Maybe

It depends on your bite (how your top and bottom teeth meet).
It would be best to be evaluated by an orthodontist in your area. Talk to your regular dentist and see who they recommend.
Dr. Keith Grimm
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most assuredly

Orthodontic treatment should be investigated as part of the diagnostic process in any complex restorative treatment program. Ask your general dentist to refer you to an orthodontist for an initial examination (usually complimentary).
If orthodontics is indicated the orthodontist and the general dentist will work together to provide you with the best treatment alternatives.

In brief: Most assuredly

Orthodontic treatment should be investigated as part of the diagnostic process in any complex restorative treatment program. Ask your general dentist to refer you to an orthodontist for an initial examination (usually complimentary).
If orthodontics is indicated the orthodontist and the general dentist will work together to provide you with the best treatment alternatives.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It depends upon which tooth is missing.
The space can be closed by moving adjacent teeth into the space.

In brief: Yes

It depends upon which tooth is missing.
The space can be closed by moving adjacent teeth into the space.
Dr. Gary Chapman
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Dr. David May
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

But, if it is an area that you can view easily, then it might look unusual because you would lose the symmetry of your smile.
Please discuss this your dentist and orthodontist.

In brief: Yes

But, if it is an area that you can view easily, then it might look unusual because you would lose the symmetry of your smile.
Please discuss this your dentist and orthodontist.
Dr. David May
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Dr. Sam Kadan
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Depending on the position of the missing tooth, sometimes the space can be closed.
Please consult with an orthodontist to see if this is feasible or not as it depends on the location and type of tooth and whether you will undergo a comprehensive course of orthdontics.

In brief: Possibly

Depending on the position of the missing tooth, sometimes the space can be closed.
Please consult with an orthodontist to see if this is feasible or not as it depends on the location and type of tooth and whether you will undergo a comprehensive course of orthdontics.
Dr. Sam Kadan
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

Depending upon the space to close, orthodontics can provide an alternative.
It does require less tooth structure preparation as in a bridge, but it can take a lot longer.

In brief: Sometimes

Depending upon the space to close, orthodontics can provide an alternative.
It does require less tooth structure preparation as in a bridge, but it can take a lot longer.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Sometimes

Not very frequently.
The occlusion or bite is extremely complicated to maintain healthy teeth for life (75 -90 years, these days). See a prosthodontist first and see the orthodontist they work with to assess the condition and offer the best long term successful options. Most often, if all other areas are fine, replacing the tooth with an umplant and crown is the best choice. See the experts.

In brief: Sometimes

Not very frequently.
The occlusion or bite is extremely complicated to maintain healthy teeth for life (75 -90 years, these days). See a prosthodontist first and see the orthodontist they work with to assess the condition and offer the best long term successful options. Most often, if all other areas are fine, replacing the tooth with an umplant and crown is the best choice. See the experts.
Dr. John Thaler
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