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.