How long does dental root amputation take?

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A dental root amputation, also known as dental root resection, is performed over several visits. A root canal is the first procedure, to clear out the nerves and blood vessels from the affected root. A root canal takes one to three hours. The next procedure is the actual dental root amputation, which takes about the same amount of time. The procedure involves cutting into the gums near the affected dental root and removing the diseased or damaged root. The last stage of the procedure is placing a restoration, or crown, on the tooth to help stabilize it.

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