A lady came to our clinic requested for dental implant to replace her missing upper left canine. Upon examination and radiography image taken, we found out that her missing canine is hidden way up in her upper jaw bone. (OPG below – white arrow)
The condition where the canine teeth develop displaced from their normal position is referred as etopic canine.
If we leave the etopic canine there and place an implant over the gap, there might be a chance that the implant will hit the etopic tooth. Therefore, after discussed with her, we decided to remove the tooth surgically and at the same time, we placed the implant into the gap. The extracted socket with be filled up with bone graft.