When even a single tooth root becomes severely damaged or infected, it can threaten the health of the entire tooth. In these cases, Dr. Chetan Patil can perform a root amputation which may help you avoid the need for extraction.
Avoid An Extraction
A root amputation can save an infected or damaged tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
Stop Infection From Spreading
Left untreated, infection and decay can spread into the surrounding tissue and cause bone loss in your jaw.
A root amputation is often cheaper than replacing an extracted tooth with a dental implant or bridge.
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:
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.
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.