A Root Amputation Can Save a Damaged Tooth
Sometimes, a single tooth root may have sustained damage or become affected by embedded bacteria. In these cases, a root amputation may help you avoid the need for extraction. Typically performed on molars, this procedure can eliminate infection or address a fracture. Dr. Chetan S. Patil is a board-certified periodontist in Englewood, NJ, who focuses on maintaining the long-term health of his patients’ teeth and gums.
Who Is a Candidate?
The primary requirement for a root amputation is that the tooth must be otherwise healthy. Therefore, if the damage is too extensive, you may be better suited for an extraction.
There are several different reasons root amputation may be considered. This treatment may be right for you if you have:
- A cracked root
- Isolated tooth decay affecting a single tooth root
- Isolated bone loss near a single tooth root
- A bacterial invasion in the root area
Dr. Patil will thoroughly assess the state of your smile and recommend the most conservative treatment possible to restore your oral health.
The Treatment Process
Generally, a root amputation is performed under local anesthesia. It is necessary to perform root canal treatment prior to the amputation. During this process, the living tissues inside the tooth are removed. To perform the root amputation itself, a small incision is made in the gums to access the root surface and surrounding bone tissue. The root is separated from the rest of the tooth and carefully removed. The area will then be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to eradicate any residual bacteria. Finally, the gums will be repositioned and the incision will be closed with sutures.
Following the surgical treatment, a temporary dental crown is typically placed. This will protect the tooth during the healing phase. The temporary restoration will be replaced with a permanent crown once the recovery period is complete.
Healing and Recovery
When you leave our office after your procedure, following a few simple guidelines can help you experience a comfortable and successful recovery:
- Bleeding: A piece of gauze will be placed over the surgical site. This will help slow bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot. Keep the gauze in place for approximately 45 minutes after your appointment, then remove it. If bleeding persists, more gauze can be placed.
- Activity: It is important to avoid strenuous activity for at least 48 hours after your procedure. Elevating the heart rate can result in increased post-surgical bleeding and discomfort.
- Pain management: Most patients experience minimal discomfort following a root amputation. You may be prescribed pain medication, or Dr. Patil may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Sensitivity: It is normal to experience some degree of tooth sensitivity following a root amputation. This side effect is usually temporary, with symptoms diminishing in a few weeks.
- Sutures: The sutures that were placed to close your incision are generally removed in about seven to 10 days.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
If you are experiencing symptoms of dental infection or other oral health complications, or if you have suffered trauma affecting your smile, reach out to us right away. You can contact us online or call us at (201) 567-7766. Dr. Patil will thoroughly assess the state of your smile and recommend the most conservative treatment possible to restore your oral health.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.