Case 43 Root amputation still an option

Pre-operative x-ray #18

Apical lesion mesial root with 12mm pocket. Diagnosis: fractured root.

Post operative x-ray #18

Post amputation due to mesial root fracture.  Viable option to salvage bridge.

7 month post operative x-ray #18

With healing, bridge is firm.

With the loss of a posterior abutment for a bridge, then the entire bridge is lost. Patient has two options either to try a root amputation or extraction with implants. Cost is always a factor, and in this case, it was a major factor.  Patient wanted to salvage the bridge as long as possible.  I think we have given this bridge more time.