Replacing a baby canine

I have a baby canine that is undergoing a lot of decay and needs to be extracted. Unfortunately, the adult canine never came in, so there is no way to move it into the right spot. Should I get a dental bridge to replace it or a mini-implant?

Daniel C.- Indiana

Daniel,

This is a situation which I wish I could see before I give advice, however, I’ll tell you what I can just based on what information you’ve given me.  I would not get a bridge to replace this. If you do, the bone will shrink. The canine has a very bony prominence and frames the face. Without that bone there, your smile will never look natural.

I wouldn’t get a mini-implant either, because it needs to be very prominent with enough support. Instead, what I recommend ( and remember that I have not examined you) is to open up that space in order to make room for an adult canine, then have a dental implant placed.

I hope this helps.

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