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How common is dental root amputation?

There are no statistics for how common dental root amputations are. Dental root amputations, also known as dental root resections, are a last-ditch effort to save a tooth when the main part of the tooth might be in great shape, but one of the roots is damaged. The alternative to a dental root amputation is extracting (removing) the entire tooth and placing a permanent implant or removable dental bridge. The goal of the dental root amputation is to preserve the original tooth for as long as possible. For many endodontists (dental surgeons), implants are a more popular option. Dental root amputations were more common before implants were possible.

A dental root amputation is another way a dentist can try and save your tooth. Sometimes, in a multirooted tooth such as a molar, a patient can develop a periodontal problem or an endodontic problem around one of the roots that is untreatable. If the choice is between extracting the whole tooth or just extracting the one root, a dentist may recommend taking out the root while leaving the top part of the tooth intact.

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