This procedure involves removal of one-half of a tooth. The
remaining half will be restored as a one-rooted tooth, and
is usually attached or anchored to an adjacent tooth, for
additional support and stability.
Root amputation refers to the removal of one root in a multi-rooted
These procedures may become options for treatment when there
is a persistent endodontic failure in ONLY one root
of a "key tooth" which must be kept, or if
there is significant bone loss around an individual
root due to periodontal (gum) disease. With the advent
of modern dental implants, hemisection and root amputation
are often done as a "temporary measure" to
allow enough bone healing, so an implant can be placed
at a later date.