Tooth Root Amputation

Before starting root amputation, your dentist will perform a root canal treatment. In the root canal, your teeth are drilled down to make a route.

Gabriel A Sitton
Created by Gabriel A Sitton Jul 1, 2021

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Before this time, the only procedure to restore a decayed tooth was implant, bridgework and custom tooth replacement. But these options don't retain natural teeth. But now, tooth root amputation is a process to preserve the damaged tooth and not extract it.

Root amputation is a very complicated dental procedure performed by a dentist. This process is mostly recommended to be performed on molar teeth that are at the back of the mouth. Molar teeth have two or three roots under the teeth. If one root is removed, the other ones are powerful enough to support the teeth. In this process, the damaged root is removed from the healthy roots. Before tooth amputation treatment, it's necessary to have root canal treatment, and then at the end, a crown or filling should be placed on the teeth to restore their normal function.

When can root amputation be performed?

Root amputation can just be performed on teeth with multiple roots, and one root is damaged. These teeth should have healthy gum, an undamaged surface plus have powerful bone support.

Root amputation can be performed in the following situations: 

When tooth decay is affecting a particular area of your teeth.

When the teeth and roots are broken, damaged or injured due to an accident.

When the roots have a severe bacterial infection, and it's affecting your teeth.

When any gum disease is affecting your jawbone.

What is the whole procedure of root amputation?

Before starting root amputation, your dentist will perform a root canal treatment. In the root canal, your teeth are drilled down to make a route to the roots of the teeth and then infected pulp, nerves and tissue are removed. Your dentist will also give you anaesthesia so that you don't feel pain during the process.

Then the tooth root amputation process will start. It will be completed in six steps:

First, your dentist will make a small cut on the gum near the affected tooth to completely reveal the roots of the affected tooth.

Then the infected tooth is separated and disconnected from the other teeth.

Then the whole infected area is disinfected using a saline solution, and then the cut is closed by stitching it.

At last, the teeth are covered by a temporary crown so that the normal functioning of the teeth can be restored.

When the gum is completely healed after 7-10 days, then the stitches can be removed.

Then the temporary crown will be removed, and a permanent crown will be fixed on your teeth. Then the crown can be dependent on the patient's choice as there are various types of crowns. 

Your dentist will also prescribe you some painkillers, antibiotics and antibacterial mouthwash depending on the severity of your operation, as the surgery involves cutting your gum so you can have swelling, soreness and bleeding for a few days. Your dentist will also recommend you to have some foods for some days to prevent injury to your gums. If you feel severe pain so contact your dentist.