Hemisection Treatments in Los Angeles

George B. Shinn Jr., DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351 | General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636

George B. Shinn Jr.
DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351
General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636


Mon 9 am - 6 pm

Tue 9 am - 6 pm

Wed 9 am - 6 pm

Thur 9 am - 6 pm

Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Sat 3rd Saturday of each month 10 am - 4 pm

Sun Closed

What is a hemisection?

A hemisection is a procedure that is performed on a tooth with two roots. In most cases, one of the two tooth roots is infected, and the procedure is performed to prevent the infection from spreading.

Only molar teeth have more teeth have more than 1 tooth root. Lower molars have two, and upper molars have 3. Upper molars can be trisected, removing one or two tooth roots during the procedure.

Why Should I get a Hemisection

A hemisection is usually performed when a patient has experienced extensive bone loss and decay from periodontal disease.

The hemisection process grants the surgeon access to the tooth roots. After the hemisection is performed, the surgeon can move forward with diagnosis of the tooth roots. In some cases, the roots can be saved, in other cases they cannot. Once the evaluation is complete, the doctor moves forward with treatment which usually involves a crown or tooth root restoration.


Before the procedure begins, Dr. Shinn will examine your x-rays and plan his surgery strategy. The first step is cutting into the gum. This allows the tooth root to be separated. Then, the doctor will remove decayed part of the tooth and possibly, one or more of the tooth roots. Afterwards the surgical area will be properly cleaned and stitched closed. The tooth will receive a temporary crown or filling which will be replaced later with a permanent restoration.


It is normal for patients to experience swelling, bleeding, and sensitivity after the first few days of treatment. Patients should avoid chewing with the tooth that was operated on. Dr. Shinn may provide you with medicated mouthwash, toothpaste, or prescriptions to prevent infection. He will answer any questions you have about aftercare. He will schedule an appointment with you to check on the progress of the treatment, remove the stitches, and add a permanent restoration.