How common is hemisection dental surgery?

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There are no statistics on the frequency of hemisection dental surgery, but it’s less common than it used to be. That’s because there are additional treatment options now. Hemisection--when a tooth with two roots is cut in half--is done because of bone loss or decay between the roots. Dentists can now sometimes grow new bone between the roots. Other times, dentists will just extract (remove) the tooth and replace it with a permanent implant. Hemisection dental surgery is a conservative approach that allows you to keep part of the original tooth.

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