At the office of Adrienne L. Fang, DDS, we provide root amputation to help maintain your dental health. This procedure involves the removal of one of the tooth roots, and it is usually performed on the molars in the back of your mouth (which have several roots). Like root canal therapy, root amputation is completed in order to save a diseased or damaged tooth from extraction. Reasons for a root amputation include:
- The tooth or its root is fractured
- Bacteria have infected one of the tooth roots
- Gum disease has created concentrated areas of bone loss
- There are concentrated areas of tooth decay
If you experience one of these problems, then root amputation may be the best choice of treatment.
Our dentist begins root amputation by first performing root canal therapy. This is done because root amputation will cut deep into the areas of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, so we remove these soft tissues first through root canal therapy. For the amputation, we will numb you with a local anesthetic and then make an incision in your gum tissue to expose the tooth roots. We section off the affected root, and then remove it from your jaw. After the area is cleaned with a salt rinse, we will suture together your gum tissue. The tooth is stabilized and then restored with either a dental filling or a crown. Call our office today if you want to learn more about root amputation in Valencia, California.