What are the benefits of having dental root amputation?

The benefit of dental root amputation is that you don't lose your tooth! A dental root amputation may be necessary because sometimes, in a multirooted tooth, a patient develops a periodontal problem or an endodontal problem around one of the roots of their teeth that is untreatable. If that happens, a dentist may recommend taking out the root while leaving the top part of the tooth intact.



The benefit of having a dental root amputation is that you get to keep part of your original tooth. A dental root amputation, also known as a dental root resection, removes a damaged root from an otherwise healthy tooth. During the procedure, the tooth is stabilized to help it remain solidly in place. The alternative to a dental root amputation is extracting (removing) the entire tooth and putting a permanent implant or bridge in place.

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