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 far enough apart, it is possible to remove the one unhealthy root in order to save the roots that are still healthy. This approach describes the procedure known as a root amputation. This surgical procedure is performed under a microscope
Dr. Lea accomplishes this procedure with an appropriate amount of local anesthetics, with or without sedation. First, he makes an incision around the neck of the tooth and reflects the soft tissue to visualize the offending root. Next, Dr. Name removes the root, and reshapes the bone to restore a gentle flowing architecture. He may place a bone graft with a resorbable barrier to contain it, and he may place a filling in the opening to the root canal and replace and suture the soft tissue. This procedure is similar to an extraction with ridge repair. Dr. Lea typically prescribes post-operative pain medication and antibiotics.
Dr. Lea will review your options with you so that you know which treatment method is best for you.