How is dental root amputation performed?

Dental root amputation, also known as dental root resection, is usually done in three stages. A root canal is first, to clean out the root's vessels and nerves. The dental root amputation is performed by cutting into the gums near the affected root, and removing the diseased or damaged root. A bone graft is sometimes placed at this time to support the tooth. The last stage is placing a restoration (crown) on the tooth, to help stabilize it. These procedures require several visits.

Dental root amputation is done on a tooth with more than one root, where the main part of the tooth and at least one of the other roots is in good condition. The procedure removes the problematic root and preserves the rest of the tooth.

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