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What are the alternatives to having dental root amputation?

An alternative to a dental root amputation is to remove the tooth and place a dental implant or bridge. The dental root amputation, also known as a dental root resection, is done to preserve the healthy part of the tooth. The dentist only removes the damaged root and any damaged part of the tooth. If the procedure is successful, the natural tooth can stay in your mouth. If it doesn’t work, or if you would rather have the tooth removed, your dental surgeon can then put in a permanent dental implant, or a removable dental bridge or denture.
In most cases, the only alternative to a root amputation is to have the tooth pulled. The missing tooth can then be replaced with a fixed bridge, an implant or a removable denture.

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