Now the dentist has placed a filling in one tooth & said he couldn't reach all decay. Recommended he 'cut' bridge, leaving back tooth, to see if other tooth could be saved - would need new bridge if it could. If not, would need implant/denture. I am concerned because back tooth has filling also.
I Have Had a Bridge for 40 Years - What is Best to Do in Replacing Bridge Please?
Doctor Answers 3
Replacement options for a bridge.
Your options depend on how long of a span your current bridge is and whether replacing it with an even longer bridge is wise. If there is decay under one of the anchor teeth, you are better off opting for a removable partial or individual implants which allow you to keep everything clean easier than with a bridge.
Your dentist is following the right path, the first thing to assess is if the teeth that are holding the bridge are still restorable, and from what I understand the only way to find out is by removing the bridge and getting all the decay out.
If the teeth can be restored you can get a new fixed bridge, if they are not implants would be the first option to give you again a fixed restoration.
I Have Had a Bridge for 40 Years
Your dentist is right. If the bad tooth has to go, you will need 2 implants (assuming the bridge replaces a missing tooth). A less expensive alternative is a removable partial appliance. If the tooth can be saved, then a new bridge can be made.