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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Failed root canal

07/29/2008

Question:

I have a cracked root from a failed root canal. This tooth is part of a permanent bridge. My dentist is sending me to an oral surgeon to have the root removed without removing my bridge. When I asked him how it was to be done. he said that he did not know. Can you tell me how the root is removed without removing the bridge?

Answer:

Normally, the permanent bridge is sectioned by the dentist using a high-speed handpiece to separate the tooth that needs extracted. The tooth that does not need extracted may therefore remain covered by part of a crown that was part of the bridge.

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Response by:

Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD
Professor of Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University