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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 449-453

Root amputation and perio-esthetics in salvaging a premolar

Department of Periodontics, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Swati Agarwal
Department of Periodontics, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Mora Mustaqueem, Kanth Road, Moradabad - 244 001, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.153473

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A 32-year-old patient with complete denudation of buccal root of tooth no. 14 was referred from the Department of Oral Surgery for opinion, as he was not willing for extraction. Patient's persistent urge to save the tooth, put forth a challenge, which motivated us to tweak the established techniques. The unusual presentation of the case and unexpected par-operative condition of the surgical site required out-of-box measures to deal with the situation. Though, the tooth no. 14 was having Grade-I mobility, it was endodontically treated, buccal root was resected, osseous graft was applied over the deficient ridge area and lateral pedicle flap was displaced over the short root-trunk area to cover the surgical site. To our astonishment, the tooth survived, mobility was reduced and complete coverage with soft-tissue was observed. Uneventful healing with stable gingival margin was observed at 3-month interval, which remained stationary at 1-year follow-up.

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