What is a Root Amputation?
The roots of a multi-rooted tooth are like the roots of a tree. When a root becomes unhealthy and the roots are separated enough, one option is to remove the one unhealthy root in order save the roots that are still healthy. This approach describes the procedure known as a root amputation.
Dr. Noraian accomplishes this procedure with an appropriate amount of local anesthetics with or without sedation. First, an incision is made around the neck of the tooth and the soft tissue is reflected to visualize the offending root. Next, the root is removed and the bone is reshaped to restore a gentle flowing architecture. A bone graft may be placed with a resorbable barrier to contain it, a filling may be placed in the opening to the root canal, and the soft tissue is replaced and sutured. This procedure is similar to an extraction with ridge repair.
Depending on how much tooth structure remains, a new crown may need to be fitted to the shape of the roots that are left by your restorative dentist. Post-operative pain medication and antibiotics are typically prescribed.
Dr. Noraian will review your options with you so that you know which treatment method is best for you.