What is dental root amputation?

A dental root amputation is the surgical removal of a tooth's root. A dentist will perform this when the root cannot be healed and in order to save the remaining roots of the tooth and the tooth itself. If the problem root is not removed, it could lead to infection. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were often pulled. Thanks to today's technology, your tooth can be saved through root canal treatment.
A dental root amputation is when a dental surgeon removes one of a tooth’s damaged roots while keeping the healthy root or roots in place. Dental root amputation allows you to keep part of the original tooth, rather than having the entire tooth removed. The procedure is usually done on molars, since molars have more than one root. Dental root amputation is sometimes called dental root resection.

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