Bear Teeth

Submitted by Joey Arender on 12/29/05 at 3:57 AM. ( )

First, I have a bear skull (mine) I shot a few years ago. The problem is and I guess the taxidermist that did it doesn't come to this site. The teeth are cracking, yeah I see that happens often with canines. The guy told me beetles would keep this from happening, so I just put it in a glass case and he's wrong.

My question is this, could the real teeth be removed after this amount of time. They will slide up and down but they get to a point and stop. I don't want to bust the bone taking them out. but would like to try to get some sort of replacements or would it be possible to just make some type of cap for them. or cast them and paint to match.

record books don't mean squat to me, he is one but more importantly he is my first bear as well as being my first bow kill bear. It seems as though every time I clean the case I notice more chips and or cracks. help me save this one please! if I can pull them and cast I would try but with out knowing of any damage i might do to the skull I am afraid! Thanks

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This response submitted by Joey Arender on 12/29/05 at 3:58 AM. ( )



This response submitted by Ed Babneau on 12/29/05 at 6:31 AM. ( )

Your sleep pattern ia as screwed up as mine! As for the teeth...I dont believe you could get them out w/out breaking the bone.The canines have as much burried in the jaw as is exposed.Just a thought ,(i've never tried it but i should as i have a couple skulls doing the same thing) Maybee you could try a two part epoxy painted on w/ a brush and it may tighten the teeth in the jaw @ the same time. The catch would be to keep it thin enough to look natural ,and in doing so, may not be strong enough to stop the cracking.Just a thought... I'm sure you'll get other opinions besides mine ,and i'de like to hear what others have for ideas as well. Good luck. Happy New Year!

Have you considered....

This response submitted by Randy Martin on 12/29/05 at 8:55 AM. ( )

depending on the finish your skull has but dipping it in a solution of elmers glue and water mix? I have seen some hand brushed and it does seal cracks. Dipping is supposed to look better but requires more solution. If you could come up with a test skull/squirrel/rodent to see if you like the finished product. good luck.


This response submitted by Old Fart on 12/29/05 at 9:15 AM. ( )

Paint the teeth with epoxy. That's about all you can do at this point. Bear canines almost always crack with time. I've been told to soak them in mineral oil to prevent this, but that has to be done when they are reasonably fresh.

canine cracking

This response submitted by Laurier on 12/29/05 at 10:35 AM. ( )

do not soak it in glue and water. If you boil the skull for about 20 minutes the 4 canines should come out, and maybe not. This was probably a young bear and the canines where not completely grown.The route of the canine is still opened at this time. The nerve dries out and the canine cracks.If you can get the canines outfile the route with 2 part epoxy glue let it dry. If you can't get the canines out use some crazy glue and clamp the teeth together.

If you boil already cracked teeth..

This response submitted by Randy Martin on 12/29/05 at 11:13 AM. ( )

..then you will have broken teeth instead of cracked. Take it to the bank! I think that would definately get them out though. I am one of THOSE who don't boil anything. If they are cracked I would not subject them to any heat. Just my 2 cents.

Thanks Guys And

This response submitted by Joey Arender on 12/29/05 at 11:24 AM. ( )

Ed my sleep pattern is screwed up. And Laurier, I don't think I will boil a skull that has been completed 6 years. It was also age at 9.5 by the NM game department. I think I will try the thin epoxy layer just to see. If that don't work I might try to pull them down enough to mold and if that works I will cut the out and put in some new.Thanks for your thoughts. I just wasn't sure about pulling them out and breaking the skull till now.

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