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Impacted upper canine options for 62 year old male

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Posted by: happytraveler  (3 years ago)
I have an impacted upper canine. The baby tooth never fell out. The baby tooth began to fall apart 8 years ago so I got a crown. The tooth got loose a week ago so my dentist pulled it out and suggested I get a bridge.

Is a bridge the best way to go? It is solid but old fashioned technology.

Should I have the impacted canine removed and get an implant? Or whould I have an implant placed through the impacted canine?

Or does my age make these newer techniques unwise?
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Posted by: happytraveler  (3 years ago)
I want to add:
The tooth was pulled because it was loose and I was in a lot of pain.

If I get the recommended bridge, how long should I wait for the extracted baby tooth to heal before getting the bridge installed? It came out very easily.
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I have an impacted upper canine. The baby tooth never fell out. The baby tooth began to fall apart 8 years ago so I got a crown. The tooth got loose a week ago so my dentist pulled it out and suggested I get a bridge.

Is a bridge the best way to go? It is solid but old fashioned technology.

Should I have the impacted canine removed and get an implant? Or whould I have an implant placed through the impacted canine?

Or does my age make these newer techniques unwise?


No, an implant cannot be placed through an impacted canine. The canine would have to be removed, and the bone grafted. This is pretty tough surgery for someone in their sixties.

A bridge is the only alternative. I don't like it either.Perhaps you can find an old-school dentist who could do a 3/4 crown bridge abutment on the premolar, to minimize cutting on the tooth.
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