How viable will my bridge be if it is attached to a cracked molar?

Q.
My last lower molar is cracked through and I have a missing molar next to it. I have been advised to have a bridge to attach to the cracked molar with a pontic to bridge the gap and the bridge to attach to the next tooth in which has been filled twice. Is it likely that the bridge will be viable and give longevity given the fact that the anchor molar is cracked?
A.
Bridges are a good option when the teeth they they are attached to are already filled or require restoration of some kind. On average 80% of bridges last approx. 10 years. However , if the nerve of the tooth is damaged it is important that the root canal treatment is done well as this is the weak link if such a situation exists
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