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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Failed root canal



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?


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