A root amputation is a specialized dental procedure in which one root is removed from a multi-root tooth.  This treatment is most often performed on the molars at the back of the mouth to prevent extraction.  For more information about root amputation in San Jose, California, and to make your appointment with Dr. Anastasios Photopoulos, call AZ Dental at 408-227-6000.

Root amputations can only be performed on a tooth that is otherwise healthy, meaning that it has a healthy tooth surface, strong bone support, and underlying gums.  Problems that can lead to root amputation include:

  • Broken, fractured, or injured teeth and roots
  • Bacteria embedded within the root structure
  • Severe bone loss in a concentrated area
  • Tooth decay in a concentrated area of the tooth

Prior to your root amputation procedure, our dentists will perform a root canal treatment.  As root amputation involves cutting deep into the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are located, the pulp of the tooth needs to be removed before we can resection the roots.

During the root amputation procedure, a small incision will be created in the gum to full expose the tooth roots.  The affected root will be sectioned off from the rest of the tooth and removed.  The area will be cleansed with a saline solution to kill any remaining bacteria, and the area will be sutured (stitched) to seal the incision.

We will then provide a temporary crown or filling to stabilize the area and make the tooth functional again.  Our dentists may prescribe painkillers, antibiotics, or a medicated antimicrobial mouthwash.  After 7-10 days, the stitches will dissolve or be removed, and we will begin planning the placement of your permanent crown or filling.

If you have questions about root amputation, and to schedule your consultation with our endodontist, please contact our office.