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Your question is phrased in the future tense, as in:
You have a broken tooth. And if it is rebuilt with a crown, a partial you plan to have made will clasp (hook on) to it.

Crowned teeth are routinely used as "abutments" (clasping teeth) for removable partial dentures. In suggesting it, your dentist must feel that your tooth makes a reasonable candidate (a crown with good retention can be made). If so, a successful, lasting outcome can be expected.

The other question is how important the damaged tooth is in providing a situation where the partial that's made will have good support and retention. The positioning of the teeth a partial clasps onto is an important factor in creating this. Losing a tooth may leave you with a less than idea situation (like absolutely no tooth to clasp to in the very back of your mouth). Your dentist would have to explain.

If a successful partial can be made with or without the tooth, although it is most ideal to save any teeth possible, from a practical standpoint a tooth is sometimes sacrificed. Having one additional tooth on your partial often adds no additional expense (or just very minimal cost). And doing that saves you the expense of having a crown made, which as you no doubt know can be substantial.

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