At AZ Dental, we want to do all we can to help you preserve your natural teeth. If you have a damaged tooth that may require an extraction, our endodontist may recommend a root amputation. This procedure can be used to remove infected dental roots and prevent any infections from further damaging your tooth. Dr. Anastasios Photopoulos can help you know if you could benefit from a root amputation in San Jose, California, and carry out your procedure with care. Contact us at 408-295-1100 with any questions, and to schedule your appointment today.
Endodontics is a field of dentistry that primarily works on treating the pulp and nerves that are inside your teeth. When a tooth becomes damaged or infected, it can reach the inside material and cause immense pain and discomfort. In most cases, infected pulp and nerves are treated with a root canal. However, if your tooth is cracked or otherwise damaged and infected, a root amputation can help repair the damage and let you keep your natural tooth.
Root amputations are often completed in three visits. During your first visit, our endodontist will perform a traditional root canal. Root amputations involve cutting deep into your tooth where your nerves and blood vessels are. If they are not removed prior to the amputation, your treatment will be much more uncomfortable. After your root canal, our doctor will perform the root amputation. In this procedure, our endodontist will make an incision into your gums to expose your tooth’s roots. We will clean out the area of any infected tissue or bacteria. Following this, we will section off the damaged or infected root and remove it from the rest of your tooth. Our doctor will them stitch up the incision and give you a temporary restoration to cover your tooth. After a period of healing, the stitches will be removed, and our doctor will provide you with a permanent restoration, usually a crown or a bridge.
Root amputations are only performed on teeth with multiple roots, which consists of your molars. If you have a damaged molar, we welcome you to visit our endodontist to see if you require a root amputation to help preserve your natural tooth. Please feel free to call or visit our office with any questions or concerns.