Dental Microsurgery in Austin, TX

Optima Dental Surgery Center houses Austin’s top microsurgery specialists. With over 30 years of collective experience, our surgeons specialize in oral surgery to save injured or infected teeth from extraction. With offices in Lakeway and Round Rock, we have helped thousands of local Austin residents with a variety of dental and oral surgery needs.

To learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation, contact our office today!

What is Dental Microsurgery?

Microsurgery is a type of dental procedure where the dentist removes one root from a multi-root tooth. The space is then filled and replaced with a crown to stabilize the rest of the tooth. The multi-rooted teeth in the back of your mouth are best to amputate and replace with molars. These larger teeth in the back of your mouth will either have two or three roots on both the upper and lower parts of your jaw. 

The whole purpose of having microsurgery done on your tooth is to save an injured or infected tooth from extraction. Dentists have agreed that it is better to help save your natural teeth rather than use alternative options like bridgework, and implants. Not only are they expensive but they can be time-consuming for the dentist and the patient. As for root amputations and necessary crown work they are less expensive and can be completed over the course of 1-3 short visits.

Why is microsurgery for your teeth necessary?

Microsurgery is only to be performed when the tooth is not salvageable. If the tooth had become infected with a disease or severely injured then we perform microsurgery to extract the tooth. 

There are several problems that may lead to amputating a rooted tooth:

  • Tooth decay in a concentrated area of the tooth
  • Severe bone loss
  • Bacteria embedded within the structure of the root
  • Fractured, broken, or injured teeth and roots

What is involved in dental microsurgery?

Before proceeding to have microsurgery it is necessary to go through a root canal treatment. The amputation procedure will require the dentist to cut deep into the tooth where the pulp, nerves, and blood vessels are located and remove them before resectioning the roots. Both the root canal treatment and amputation procedure require you to be under local anesthetics.

When proceeding to have the amputation procedure, a small incision is created in the gum to fully expose the root of the affected tooth. The dentist will then section off the root from the rest of the tooth and then have it removed. To make sure there are no bacteria in the wound or around it, saline solution is used to clean the open wound and then sutures (stitches) will be applied to close off the incision. 

Before completed, a temporary crown or filling will be placed to make sure the tooth is fully secure. Your dentist will then prescribe you the appropriate painkillers, antibiotics, and a medicated antimicrobial mouthwash to take home. Your dentist will then schedule you for a follow-up in 7-10 days to have your sutures removed and the gum will have healed. Then you will discuss with your dentist about having a permanent crown or filling to be placed.

Contact Optima to Schedule Your Dental Surgery

With offices in Round Rock and Lakeway, we serve the greater Austin area. Book your appointment with our oral surgeon specialists today!

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