Root Amputations

Root Amputations

Our team may recommend root amputation in Waterford, MI. if your tooth is diseased or has sustained damage. This treatment removes the section of your tooth root that is injured, allowing you to begin the process of regaining your oral health. To make an appointment with our dentists and learn more about root amputation, call us at (248) 673-0505

We are pleased to provide root amputation to help maintain your oral health. This procedure involves the removal of one of the tooth roots and 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 may include:

  • The tooth or its root is fractured or broken
  • Bacteria have infected one of the tooth roots
  • Gum disease has created concentrated areas of severe bone loss
  • There are concentrated areas of decay in the tooth

If you experience one of these problems, then root amputation may be the best possible choice of treatment.

Our dentists will begin your root amputation by first performing root canal therapy. Because root amputation involves deep areas of the tooth that contain nerves and blood vessels, we first remove these soft tissues through root canal therapy. For the root amputation, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. We then make an incision in your gum tissue to expose the tooth roots, section off the affected root and remove it from your jaw. After the area is cleaned, we will suture together your gum tissue. The tooth is stabilized and restored with either a dental filling or a crown. The stitches are generally removed within seven to 10 days, once the gums have healed.

To learn more about root amputation, we welcome you to contact our office today.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, dental cleanings are essential if you want a beautiful, healthy smile. Your smile might not have any problems now, but over time, teeth can quickly become stained and decay.

Dental cleanings will help prevent these issues before they arise, so you won’t have to worry about more invasive procedures in the future. Visit our Waterford, MI office for your dental cleaning today.

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