In some cases, teeth can be saved by utilizing root canal therapy.  Root canal therapy or endodontic therapy can be done by the patient’s dentist, or if the procedure is complicated by a root canal specialist.  Occasionally it is necessary to supplement endodontic therapy with a root resection.  A root resection is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made through the tissue over the root of the tooth so the underlying area can be cleaned and the end of the root smoothed off.  Sometimes it is necessary to place a filling in the end of the root to further seal off the root canal. Root resection surgery is not always successful in saving teeth.




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