Implant Anchorage for Orthodontics

Orthodontics is all about pitting a lot of teeth against a few teeth and hoping those few teeth move the way you want them to. Implants short circuit the whole equation. Implants do not move. Implants are absolute anchorage.

Our office is in the forefront of using implants for orthodontic anchorage. Dr. Engen is one of only 20 dentists in the country who is dual trained in both Periodontics and Orthodontics.

There are many different forms of implant anchorage including implants, mini-implants, palatal implants, and ONplants.

Implants

Implants within the arch are an efficient method of placing teeth exactly where we want them to be. The key to utilizing this technique is to place the implant in the post-orthodontic position before you move the teeth. These implants are left in the mouth and restored with crowns after orthodontic treatment is complete.

Mini-screws to move upper 2nd molar forward to replace lost 1st molar; implant anchorage

 

Mini-Implants

Mini-implants are small bone anchors which can be used for direct forces in tight spaces. Mini-implants offer easy insertion, straight forward mechanics, as well as versatility. When treatment is done, the mini-implants are removed. This does not hurt.

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Mini-screws to move upper 2nd molar forward to replace lost 1st molar

Mini screws to retract 6 teeth in mass movement

Mini screws to retract 6 teeth in mass movement

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Mini-screw to move lower left
2nd and 3rd molar forward without any unwanted movement of front teeth backwards

 

Palatal Implants

Palatal implants are short (4-6mm) implants placed in the roof of the mouth. A thick wire runs from the palatal implant to selected teeth. The absolute anchorage value of the implant is transmitted to these selected teeth. From that point on it is standard orthodontic mechanics but in complete controlled
direction of movement.

Palatal implant used to drive 4 molars back without any unwanted movement of front teeth forward

Palatal implant used to drive 4 molars back without any unwanted movement of front teeth forward

Palatal implant used to pull 1st, 2nd, and 3rd molars forward to close gap anchored off of 1 single front tooth

Palatal implant used to pull 1st, 2nd, and 3rd molars forward to close gap anchored off of 1 single front tooth

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Palatal implants used to intrude open bite thereby avoiding jaw surgery. Implants were placed by Dr. David Engen. Orthodontics was done by Dr. Steve Gregg

Palatal implants used to intrude open bite thereby avoiding jaw surgery. Implants were placed by Dr. David Engen. Orthodontics was done by Dr. Steve Gregg

 

PATIENT REVIEWS

Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014

 

Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.

Paul H
Jun 29, 2014

 

Dr. Hahn was were excellent. Very efficient and told me exactly what to expect.