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Is a Root Amputation as Bad as it Sounds?

Posted on 6/13/2016 by Zac Bird
A woman suffering from a broken tooth covering her mouth!Has your dentist suggested that you pursue root amputation to correct a damaged tooth? If so, you may be nervous about this procedure. After all, it involves the term "amputation," so it must be painful, right?

By learning more about this treatment option, you can understand when it is necessary and what to expect during the procedure.

What is a Root Amputation?

Root amputation is a dental procedure in which one root from a multi-rooted tooth is removed. This includes teeth in the back of the mouth, as the molars tend to have two or three roots in order to anchor them into the jaw bone. With root amputation, a diseased or injured tooth is stabilized and is returned to full function with a filling or crown.

When is Root Amputation Recommended?

Root amputation is a procedure that can be performed on a healthy tooth that has suffered some sort of damage.

There are a few conditions that might require amputation, including:

•  A tooth that is fractured or broken
•  A tooth with embedded bacteria within the root
•  A tooth with severe decay in one concentrated area
•  A tooth with severe bone loss within a concentrated area as a result of bone loss

What Happens during a Root Amputation?

Before your root amputation, you will need to have a root canal procedure so that the blood vessels and nerves of the root are removed. The amputation will involve cutting into the gums to expose the affected tooth and the root to be sectioned off.

A saline solution is used to kill any remaining bacteria, and sutures are used to seal the incision. To finish the process, a crown will top the affected tooth.

Your dentist will use sedation dentistry in order to keep you comfortable and will numb the affected area so that you don't feel pain throughout the procedure. The end result should be a tooth that is restored to its original appearance and function.

Please contact us if you have any questions about root amputation.

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