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What are the alternatives to hemisection dental surgery?

Hemisection dental surgery entails cutting the tooth in half to save part of the tooth. The alternatives to hemisection dental surgery are to remove the entire tooth and put in a permanent implant or removable dental bridge--or to do nothing.

If you decide to do nothing, you run the risk of losing the tooth to disease. One study followed patients with periodontal (gum) disease beneath the tooth for 15 to 34 years. These patients only had maintenance and conservative treatment, not surgery. In this study, 44% of the patients lost the tooth during that time.

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