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Can hemisection dental surgery be performed on children?

Hemisection dental surgery may be performed on children when there is tooth fusion, a condition in which two developing teeth merge into one large tooth. Hemisection means to cut in half, and hemisection surgery can be performed to separate and restore these teeth.

However, hemisection dental surgery is not commonly performed on children for periodontal problems, as it is in adults. When an adult has bone loss between a tooth’s roots, a dental surgeon may perform hemisection dental surgery, cutting the tooth in half to reach the decayed bone to clean it out. The tooth is later restored.

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