Root resection

October 6, 2011 | By | Reply More

Root resection

Definition A procedure where one or two roots of a multirooted tooth are amputated, leaving the crown to be supported by the remaining root or roots .


  • Single roots of a multirooted tooth that cannot be treated by conventional root canal therapy or retrograde techniques because of lateral canals, calcification, dilaceration, pulp stones, perforations, broken instruments or loss of bony support for that individual root.
  • Multirooted teeth with individual root fractures.
  • Severe vertical bone loss affecting one root of a multirooted tooth.
  • Inadequate maintenance of a furcation lesion because of access problems.

Management The most important factor in relation to a tooth which has had a root resected is that the root is severed as close to the furcation as possible. This allows for better patient access to the region together with an enhanced gingival contour, resulting in improved gingival health of the site.

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Category: Dental, Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery

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