Unconventional Implant Placement Through Impacted Maxillary Canine – A Case Report

Ivona Bjenjaš, DDS*
Tamara Ristić, DDS, PhD**
Djordje Pejanović, DDS, PhD**
Nenad Milinković, DDS***

*Dental clinic “BGD Osmeh” Francuska 25 11000 Belgrade
**Faculty of Dentistry Pancevo Žarka Zrenjanina 179, 26000 Pancevo
***Dental SM D.O.O. Bulevar Oslobođenja 152 11000 Belgrade


This case report should contribute in gaining more knowledge and experience in treating toothless region with impacted tooth using implant therapy without necessary extraction of impacted teeth and to report on short term data.


Protocols and indications of implant dentistry are constantly evolving. Regarding both doctors and patients wishes, many surgical techniques have been modified to circumvent adjunctive procedures and streamline care for those desiring tooth replacement.

Keeping up with this so-called “convenience profile” of treatment alternatives which aim is to minimize number of surgical procedures, morbidity and cost while increasing case acceptance, this article outlines an unconventional approach to help a patient with implant rehabilitation. This treatment plan represented a less invasive option that was not explored by other clinicians during a number of previous consultations which involves placement of dental implants directly through a maxillary impacted canine.

In 2009, the first two clinical papers dealing with implants deliberately placed in contacts with dental tissues were published.1

Since then more cases of impacted teeth were treated with success2,3 and the main idea was to extend these surgical protocols to inserting implants through residual roots4,5 or in contact with radicular dentin while seeking the esthetic optimization6,7.

Materials & Methods

66 years old female patient, needed therapy of the upper right partial edentulous maxilla.  Old PMF fixed partial denture was loosened and the extraction of the tooth 12 was indicated. Tooth 15 was indicated for the root treatment and post. Region 14 and 13 were indicated for implant therapy.

The impacted right upper canine was discovered on CBCT. Patient knew about it, but it was completely asymptomatic for years and no other surrounding pathology couldn’t be seen on CBCT (Figure 1). Patient wanted to avoid surgical extraction of impacted canine, so she was presented with alternative but not so much researched therapy plan: to insert implant through the impacted tooth. Patient was informed about possibility of implant failure and necessity to extract impacted canine and bone augmentation of the site if that happens, at no cost. After everything was explained, patient signed an informed consent.

CBCT small FOV teeth 15-11
Figure 1 – CBCT small FOV teeth 15-11
Implant planning on CBCT
Figure 2 – Implant planning on CBCT

Dental status was taken. To reduce the patient x-ray exposure following ALARA recommendation only small FOV on CBCT was done.

Extraction of the impacted tooth was avoided because of expected massive bone loss and possible complications (Figure 2). The tooth 12 was extracted. There was no buccal plate after extraction, so this site was excluded for immediate implant placement. Region of 13 and 14 were determined for implant placement. Two osteotomies were made with standard bur protocol, but more intensive drilling and cooling was necessary because impacted canine was massive, and thickness of enamel was around 1.5mm in drilling area. Two C-Tech implants were placed through the impacted tooth in region 13 (EL 3,5×11) and 14 (EL 3,5×9) (Figure 3). Primary stability was achieved on 60N/cm. The wound was sutured with 4,0 Nylon.

Figure 3 – Implantation

Control CBCT was taken, expected positions of implants were achieved (Figures 4, 5, 6). Patient was prescribed with antibiotic therapy Sinacillin 0.5g 3×1 for seven days and Ibuprofen 0.4g if needed.

Control CBCT small FOV - 1
Control CBCT small FOV - 2
CBCT small FOV slice along Y plane
Figure 6 – CBCT small FOV slice along Y plane


No postoperative pain, swelling or bleeding was reported by the patient. After seven days sutures were removed, the wound healing was uneventful. Tooth 15 was treated and CoCrMo post was made.

After four months implants were uncovered without any difficulties and healing caps were

placed (Figure 7). Patient was rehabilitated with E-max Cad bridge (Figure 8)

Healing caps
Figure 7 – Healing caps
Definitive restauration
Figure 8 – Definitive restauration


Epidemiologic data show that, after the third molars the canines are the most frequently impacted teeth7,8 Impaction rate ranges from 0,07% to 1,3% for the mandibular canine and from 1% to 3% for the maxillary8,9,10 Therefore canine impactions cannot be considered an uncommon finding9. However patients seek for rehabilitation of those sites and unconventional procedures must be taken into consideration in some cases.

When we discuss stability of implants in impacted teeth a combination of three types of interface can be anticipated according to the literature.

  1. A dentin implant interface in contact in the root11,12,13,14
  2. A newly created ligament close to the ligament of the impacted tooth or at some distance from it when space is left around the implant11,12,14,15
  3. A bone implant interface (osseointegration) where the implant is in contact with the bone11,12,14

Clinicians should ensure that approximately 50% of implant surface is in contact with the bone to obtain osseointegration and clinical stability in the longer term2.

Fear of exposing the pulp of impacted tooth during this procedure is justified but till now surprisingly no postoperative pain was recorded. There is no clear explanation for this, but Warrer et al. explicitly reported that the pulp of drilled roots left in contact with implants appeared normal after three months of healing of the monkey12. Surgery is always performed under sterile conditions so the impacted roots remain uncontaminated.


There are only a few case reports done with placing implants into impacted teeth. Protocol deviation is justified in situations when expected bone loss is compromising implant therapy afterward. There should be more studies confirming the safety of such procedures. This unconventional protocol is challenging in a long term outcome but is certainly much more acceptable for the patient as well for the clinician.


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