What are the risks of having dental root amputation?

The main risk of a dental root amputation is that the tooth might later need to be extracted (removed). The reason you would get a dental root amputation is because one of the roots of a tooth is damaged but you want to save the remaining part of the tooth. The surgery involves removing the damaged root or roots and stabilizing the rest of the tooth so you can keep it. Since bacteria can get into the wound, it’s possible for the tooth or gums to get infected afterward, which might mean your tooth needs removal. If that happens, it can be replaced with a permanent implant or a dental bridge. Other risks include making a small hole in the sinuses (if the surgery is on an upper molar) or damaging a surrounding tooth.

A dental root amputation, like other dental surgeries, could cause bleeding, swelling, and pain after the procedure. If any of these are excessive, call your endodontist.

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