What is best treatment option for a canine tooth?
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If possible save the tooth but if you must lose it do a bone graft.
Bridges have been shown to last as long as implants and crowns.
Bridges can be done with resin bonding and require minimal tooth preparation. I recently did two implant abutments and crowns on a patient who had no bone but wanted implants for congenitally missing teeth 7 & 10.. She did not want a removable flipper.
We placed Resin Bonded bridges from 6-8 and from 9-11 with NO TOOTH PREPARATION that she wore for three years waiting for her to get a little older and have onlay bone grating. One side needed two grafts.
The bridges were removed when the surgeon placed the implants and then recemented for another 6 months of healing.
The bridges were in for 3 1/2 years. I have seen resin bonded bridge last 20 years. She now has implant born crowns but in retrospect she is not sure if she would do implants again considering multiple surgeries.
I love doing implants but I refer more difficult cases to surgeon for grafting and implants if the patients want IV sedation.
Ira L Shapira DDS
Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Regent and Fellow, International College CranioMandibular Orthopedics
Implants still might be the best option
You can search for ones in your area through the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry)
Be sure to look for someone who is a Associate Fellow or Fellow as they will be able to provide the best care.
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