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Permanent Retainers and Dental Implants - Are They Compatible?


Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
3d rendering of a dental implantNot only are teeth important in a perfect smile, but so is the confidence that a smile exudes. Maintaining teeth alignment mostly depends on permanent retainers, frequently the unsung heroes in orthodontic journeys.

However, what would happen if dental implants become necessary? Do permanent retainers have to be removed for these prosthetic tooth roots to integrate properly?

Understanding Permanent Retainers


Thin wires that are usually fastened to the rear of the front teeth are called permanent retainers, commonly referred to as bonded or fixed retainers. These appliances are frequently advised following orthodontic treatments like braces to keep teeth from realigning themselves to their original locations. Permanent retainers are a popular option for people who wish to keep the effects of their orthodontic treatment without dealing with the visibility of removable ones.

Dental Implant Dynamics


Conversely, dental implants are prosthetics surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace lost teeth. Dental implants are a long-lasting and aesthetically beautiful way to replace lost teeth. They consist of a post made of titanium or zirconia, an abutment, and a crown.

Are Dental Implants and Permanent Retainers Compatible?


When people think about getting dental implants or having implant operations done, they frequently have concerns about the compatibility of permanent retainers with implants. The main question is whether or not permanent retainers make it more challenging to insert dental implants and make them less successful.

Dental implant insertion is typically not significantly hampered by permanent retainers alone. Having a permanent retainer on the front teeth usually does not affect the jawbone or gum tissues, the main sites involved in the implantation process. The position of the retainer and the intended implant site are two important considerations when deciding whether to remove or modify a permanent retainer.

Permanent retainers usually do not impede the implantation process, but specific considerations, such as the location of the retainer and the treatment plan as a whole, need to be made. It is essential to communicate with our dentist to obtain a thorough awareness of your particular situation and to make well-informed judgments about the coexistence of your dental implant and permanent retainer.

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