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A 63-year-old male asked:

Can a permanent crowned tooth be used to attach a fixed implant permanent bridge with one pontic attached in between?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not Recommended: Your natural teeth are slightly mobile (due to periodontal ligament cushion) but an implant is not mobile in the bone. Connecting a fixed bridge to both mobile and non-mobile abutments can cause issues. Best bet is to try to place an implant where the pontic will be. The fixed bridge is rigid and movement of the natural tooth can cause undue stress on the implant resulting in premature failure.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Can?: Physically it can be done but it is doomed to failure over time and NOT recommended. Personally I know of no respected dentist who would fabricate such a prosthesis
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
No: As natural tooth is microscopically mobile and implant is not, a bridge connecting both is doomed to failure. You may be better off with another implant/crown in the missing tooth location.

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