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I’m 25 and my two top canines are milk teeth. One of them has started decaying about 5 years ago and the dentist cleaned it before then putting a white filling on it. After some irregular pain from that tooth, I went for another checkup last year to be told that the decayed tooth only had a 1mm root left and because it has started to wobble it won’t take long to come out. I am desperate to know what to do. Should I have the tooth extracted as soon as possible or should I just wait until it comes off? Also, what would be my options to fill the gap as soon as possible, considering it’s a front tooth? Are there any options to fill the gap as soon as the tooth is extracted? Thanks

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Asked on 11/01/2013 12:00 am
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There are several options for you assuming the permanent tooth is missing
The best option immediate extraction, immediate implant placement, immediate temporary crown, all done in one day. This should give the best cosmetic result and the most long term result, with the least amount of hassle for you.
or a Tooth extracted  with a pre made denture fitted the same day, which is the permanent solution (not ideal) or used as tooth replacement while the socket heals. The tooth can then be replaced with an implant supported crown.

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Answered on 23/01/2013 12:00 am
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There are 4 options when a tooth is missing
Leave a gap
Removable denture (plastic or metal base)which can be made and fitted on the day the tooth is extracted
Bridge (adhesive or traditional which relies on stable abutment teeth to anchor but may be too destructive to justify if adjacent teeth are un-restored)
Implant with crown
In your case the implant is probably the best solution but your dentist would need to know where the second tooth that should have replaced the milk teeth is located
If it never formed then there will be not problem placing an implant
If the teeth are buried in the palate then they will often need to be surgically extracted before implant placement
However if they are buried in the palate it may be possible to use brace work to guide them into the space left by the failing baby tooth but you will have a gap for some months until the second tooth is fully into position

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Answered on 16/01/2013 12:00 am