Root upgrade – what it is and when to use it

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Advanced caries or other tooth damage may lead to the need for its extension, i.e. the formation of a new skeleton that will strengthen the existing tooth and enable the installation of a crown. Such a procedure is possible if the root of the tooth is healthy and extraction is not necessary, that is, with this procedure it is possible to save the natural tooth. Root extension is thus possible when the crown of the tooth is affected by caries or a fracture up to the pulp, but the root is strong and healthy.

The course of the treatment

Root augmentation of this type is carried out using a thin, so-called intercanal stake or pin, which is inserted into the root canal of the tooth after endodontic therapy, which removes the tooth’s nerve. The pin is fixed inside the root of the tooth with cement, which is also used to make the reconstruction of the crown part of the tooth. In this way, a solid skeleton is created that will support the crown of the tooth.

Today, it is possible to choose between several types of intercanal stakes, which are primarily divided into composite and metal; in the first case, the pegs are made directly in the mouth with the help of glass fibers, while the metal ones are made in the laboratory, so the manufacturing procedure is somewhat longer.

This possibility of tooth extension postpones the need for installing an implant because the natural tooth is saved and its root is used to anchor the prosthetic replacement, i.e. the crown. Request a quote