Root Canal on Teeth under Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that replaces a lost tooth by suspending a prosthetic tooth between two crowns. If the natural teeth that receive the crowns are strong and healthy, they will usually not need a root canal before the bridge is placed. But if these teeth have been compromised through decay or damage, a root canal might be needed before the crowns are bonded to the teeth. Teeth that have not been treated before the bridge was placed will occasionally suffer decay over time. This occurrence can necessitate a root canal, even after the bridge has already bonded to the teeth.
If you have a bridge and need a root canal on your abutment teeth, we may be able to perform the procedure without compromising the bridge. During the procedure, the region will first be anesthetized. Then an access point will be created at the top of the tooth, through which the root canal procedure will be performed. After the root canal is finished, we can fill the access point with a tooth-colored composite resin. This resin will provide for a subtle restoration that blends with the porcelain of the bridge.
Although we can often treat the tooth without compromising the bridge, the bridge may need to be replaced in some cases. The porcelain of the bridge may fracture during the procedure. Additionally, the bridge may need to be removed to better treat a cavity, or to access the inner chambers of the tooth. In these cases, a new bridge will need to be redesigned and fabricated in order to fit over the treated teeth. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our endodontic specialist in Los Angeles.
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