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Do I Need a Root Amputation Procedure

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman in dental chair smiling at Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Allentown, PARoot amputation, or root resection, is a dental procedure in which one or more roots of a tooth are removed. The surgery is typically done on molars, as they have multiple roots going into the jawbone.

What Does a Root Amputation Procedure Look Like?

A root amputation is a minor surgery. It involves making a small incision in the gum around the tooth. The OMS surgeon will isolate and cut the diseased root using a surgical drill. They will then disinfect the area around the teeth, including the bone, to remove any present bacteria. Sometimes, the surgeon may seal the root end to prevent residual bacteria from leaking into the amputated site.

Recovery from a root amputation typically takes 7-10 days. Depending on the situation, the OMS surgeon will prescribe some painkillers, antibiotics, and antimicrobial mouthwash. These help to speed up the healing process and make it as painless as possible.

Do I Need a Root Amputation?

The main purpose of a root amputation is to save an otherwise healthy tooth from extraction. Ideally, the tooth to be amputated should not have extensive fractures or signs of decay. Such damaged teeth rarely ever recover and may need to be removed even after the root amputation.

One particular problem that can be solved with a root amputation is periodontal disease. The disease typically deteriorates the supporting structure of an affected tooth, including the roots. A root amputation to remove the affected root might prevent the remaining healthy parts of the tooth from infection.

A traumatic event, such as a fall or blow to the face, may also lead to fractures in the roots of some teeth. In such a case, provided the affected teeth have no other dental issues, a root amputation may help preserve structural integrity.

Book an Appointment Today

Root amputations often have major ramifications for oral health, and you want to have the procedure done by a reputable surgeon. Get in touch with us today and book your root amputation appointment.

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