Root Amputation Procedure 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

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What is a root amputation?

Root amputation is a procedure used to remove one root from a tooth that has multiple roots. The root amputation procedure is typically restricted to molars at the back of the mouth which have two of three roots. Once the root is removed, the tooth is stabilized with a protective crown. Root amputation can be effective when a root has been extensively damaged or decayed to preserve the natural tooth and avoid extraction.

When is root amputation used?

Root amputation is typically performed following significant root damage, often as a result of:

  • tooth or root fracture
  • bacteria that have become deeply embedded in the root and which cannot be extracted through a “normal” root canal
  • Crown placement following the procedure was delayed, enabling the tooth to become damaged or infected
  • Root amputation is only performed in teeth that are otherwise healthy and have a strong surface structure without extensive decay through the rest of the tooth.

What happens during a root amputation?

Before the root amputation procedure, a root canal will be performed on the tooth to remove the damaged pulp portion where nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue is found. Once the root canal is completed, the gum that surrounds the tooth root is carefully incised and drawn back to expose the root area. The affected root will be isolated from the healthy root and removed using special instruments to preserve the surrounding tissue.

Then the area will be thoroughly cleansed to remove any bacteria, and the incision will be sutured (stitched closed). A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it while it heals, and antibiotics may be prescribed. Once healing is under way and the sutures are removed in about a week to 10 days, a permanent crown can be placed on the tooth.