A 62-year-old male asked:
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is sectioning off a permanent crown with 1 pontic easy for a dentist to do? possible for the pontic to remain for cosmetic purposes for a short time?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
It's quite easy: Water cooled high speed handpieces cut through metal very easily. The pontic is attached to the crown (abutment), right? Once the crown is sectioned and removed, the pontic follows. A temporary can be fabricated for cosmetic purposes.
Answered on Jan 7, 2016
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Dr. Rafael Morales
Specializes in Dentistry
It depends: Sectioning off a crown is relatively easy. If you are talking about ONE crown attached to ONE pontic, this would likely be a cantilever bridge, in which case sectioning the bridge would eliminate the pontic, since the cut is made at the joint of the pontic and crown. The pontic has no other support and would fall off. The crown could stay if there are no other problems with the tooth supporting it
Answered on Jan 14, 2016
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Dr. Paul Grin
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36 years experience Pain Management
Very easy: and if carefully done, no damage to your live tooth or abutment underneath will occur.
Answered on Jan 10, 2016
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Dr. Justin Nelson
16 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Yes: yes it is easy and yes (in certain cases if it is attached to an other tooth as in a bridge) the pontic may remain for cosmetic purposes. Is it idea, no, but it can be done for a short period of time.
Answered on Feb 24, 2016
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