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A 57-year-old female asked:

Need rct on crowned tooth that is part of a permanent bridge...ok for doc to drill through crown and not remove bridge??

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Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry 13 years experience
Root canal: This can be done. It is more challenging than doing it without the crown/bridge on but the cost of cutting the bridge off to do the root canal isuch great than doing the root canal through the abutment tooth on the bridge. You just have to accept the risks of porcelain fracture and loosening of the bridge when it is drilled through...these are risks, but it can be done successfully.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: This is done quite often to save the crown and/or bridge. Risks include a weaker biting surface that can result in flaking or fracture of the porcelain.
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