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I have a dental bridge but one of my abutment tooth is infected. My dentist advice to go for RCT. Is it possible to do RCT in abutment tooth without removing the bridge and how?
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Dr. Puja Bansal
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hello yes it is possible to do rct. dentist will decide after taking the x-ray. but it may cause lot if destruction to the teeth.
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Dr. Idris Md
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Yes it can be done just gaining access to the root canal through the cap.
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Dr. Govindaraj.S.J
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Yes it is possible to do RCT without removing the bridge.
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Dr. M. R. Pujari
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Hi..yes it is possible by making hole through bridge on the abutment tooth. Regards
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Dr. Khyati Gupta
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Rct through bridge is definitely possible but the strength of the chewing surface of the bridge is compromised. So sooner or later a replacement of the bridge will be necessary.
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you can ask the dentist to do a steog filling in the hole created for rct so that the bridge can function atleast for some more time.
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Dr. Suman Makam
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Hello, Yes it is possible to perform the RCT through the existing bridge but sometimes we need to remove the bridge to gain access to the decayed part of the tooth.You need to go to an Endodontist. Regards Dr Sumanmakam
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Dr. Anand Mohan Yadav
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Yes,  it is possible to do the rct with existing bridge. Go for it
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Consult endodontist.
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Dr. Bala Vignesh
Dentist 5 yrs exp Chennai
Hello sir, Removing your bridge would be the best option.. coz drilling the crown will weaken it.. With regards, Dr.Bala Chennai
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Dr. Ishwari Bhirud
Dentist 27 yrs exp Mumbai
Yes! It is possible . But ideally get the Bridge or cap removed to evaluate decay status in coronal part of tooth (tooth under the cap) which can not be diagnosed wth bridge in position by x-ray.
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1. X-ray
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Dr. Shikha Goel
Dentist 11 yrs exp Davanagere
Yes definitely if abutment tooth is infected it will require RCT if the prognosis of saving this tooth is good. Important thing to note is whether to retain present bridge or not. One of the common causes of a tooth acquiring infection is because of inappropriate crown and tooth margin. If a dentist assesses that the crown is good and do not require correction than RCT can be done through existing bridge or else it is advisable to get your bridge removed and get a new one after RCT is completed.
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Go to an endodontist and get yourself examined clinically and radiographically.
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Don't postpone seeking an expert advise or you risk losing your infected tooth and bridge work.
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Dr. Lavanya B
Dentist 12 yrs exp Hyderabad
Hi..it is better to remove the bridge..do the root canal n then go for a  bridge
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visit dentist n take x ray
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till the don't pressurise that side and chew food on d opp side
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Dr. Preeti Bothra
Dentist 6 yrs exp Kolkata
hi there. it is possible to do RCT on the abutment tooth through the crown without removing the bridge depending on the material of the crown and the condition of the bridge.
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