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Did root canal on infected/ abcessed tooth inside 15 years old 4 units bridge. Do you replace with another bridge, do implant, or keep old bridge .?

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Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: All are viable

All options are viable.
Make sure you have a treatment plan presentation so they can give you the risks and benefits of each and they can answer your questions.

In brief: All are viable

All options are viable.
Make sure you have a treatment plan presentation so they can give you the risks and benefits of each and they can answer your questions.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dr. Kim Capehart
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

All three options may be appropriate choices in your particular situation if the conditions are right.
An excellent dentist is one who can sit down with you and discuss the advantages and risks with each choice and together come to the one choice that you are the most comfortable with.

In brief: Yes

All three options may be appropriate choices in your particular situation if the conditions are right.
An excellent dentist is one who can sit down with you and discuss the advantages and risks with each choice and together come to the one choice that you are the most comfortable with.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. Bruce Terry
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Depends on more info

If the root canal tx and bridge were all done 15 years ago then all options you mention are on the table.
Your dentist needs to determine what the longevity of these teeth are if you try to keep them. Cost of saving teeth and projective longevity will help guide your decision. Dental implants are not cheap but they have a good long term outcome.

In brief: Depends on more info

If the root canal tx and bridge were all done 15 years ago then all options you mention are on the table.
Your dentist needs to determine what the longevity of these teeth are if you try to keep them. Cost of saving teeth and projective longevity will help guide your decision. Dental implants are not cheap but they have a good long term outcome.
Dr. Bruce Terry
Dr. Bruce Terry
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Maybe

Bridges replace 1 or more teeth; on either side of the missing tooth is a real tooth, an abutment which is covered and is an integral part of the bridge.
When an abutment tooth needs a root canal, an access opening needs to be created; if this disrupts the integrity of that abutment a new bridge maybe in order. If the access is small enough it can be patched and therefore maintain the bridge.

In brief: Maybe

Bridges replace 1 or more teeth; on either side of the missing tooth is a real tooth, an abutment which is covered and is an integral part of the bridge.
When an abutment tooth needs a root canal, an access opening needs to be created; if this disrupts the integrity of that abutment a new bridge maybe in order. If the access is small enough it can be patched and therefore maintain the bridge.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. David Schleimer
An implant may act to preserve bone as well, a consideration.
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