Root amputation consists of a dental procedure in which one root is extracted from a multi-root tooth. After that, the dentist secures the tooth and restores it to full function with a crown or a filling. Typically, this procedure is used on the molars, which are found at the back of the mouth, because these sizable flat teeth possess either two or three roots according to their location (lower jaw molars have two roots, while upper jaw molars have three).
When considering root amputation, keep in mind that root amputations can only be implemented when the tooth in question is otherwise healthy. No matter how important a particular tooth may be to the overall function of the mouth, if it is too diseased, too badly cracked, or otherwise wounded, it will have to be extracted.
In order for a tooth to qualify for root amputation, it must have:
Reasons your Empress Walk Dental dentist might consider a root amputation for a tooth include:
Curious about root amputation and want to know more? Your Empress Walk Dental dentist and hygienist are happy to discuss this topic with you further when you come in for your appointment.