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What Is a Root Resection?
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Dr. Michael Allard
When you talk about the root of a tooth, many assume that you are referring to a singular object. What people don't know is that a tooth can have more than one root. In fact, the molars have at least three roots. It is possible to get an infection in one of the roots. In that case, we can turn to a procedure known as a root resection.
Root Resection Basics
When there is more than one root in a tooth, it is possible that only one of them will become infected. When that is the case, removing all the roots does not always make sense. It is better to remove the unhealthy root and leave the healthy roots in place. This can help preserve the tooth.
What Happens During Root Resection?
One of the options that people have if they have an infected root of the tooth is to remove the tooth. This is not always an option that people want to turn to and there is the option of the root resection. In order to remove the infected root, the first step is root canal therapy. During root canal therapy, the blood vessels and nerves of the root are removed. Once the place is filled, it is possible to remove the infected root and leave the healthy roots in place. This works to save the tooth and to avoid its extraction. There was a time when the idea of a root resection was the better option. Thanks to the advances in dental implant technology, the idea of a root resection is less popular. It is possible that the implant is a better and less costly option. The best way to find out if you should get a root resection or turn to another option is by seeking out the advice of our dental professionals. Take the time to contact our office and schedule an appointment.