Unfortunately the all too common story: there is either too much room or too little room to place dental implants for teeth that are commonly missing from birth. Many people are born without their maxillary lateral incisor, which is the tooth just off of center on the upper jaw. It is very common for you or a loved one to be born without that tooth.
Another common issue is that the teeth just adjacent to the one that you need to replace have their roots tilted towards the missing tooth space. This makes it risky to place an implant because there is physically no room without tilting the root out of the way. The root can be hit with the implant during surgery.
I am constantly being the “quarterback” to make sure that the positions of the teeth before the braces are taken off are in an ideal position for dental implant replacement.
Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry