What is a Coronectomy?
A coronectomy is the removal of only the crown of a particular tooth, typically a wisdom tooth that is below the gums. Over time, wisdom teeth begin to get larger and the roots can grow down into the alveolar nerves in the face. If these nerves are touched during the surgical procedure to remove the entire tooth, complications can arise. For this reason, a coronectomy only removes the crown or top of the wisdom tooth, leaving the roots in place and preventing the likelihood of that nerve being touched.
Who is a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
A thorough examination is necessary to determine if you would benefit from a coronectomy. Some of the reasons the procedure would be recommended include:
- You have large wisdom teeth with long roots
- X-rays and imaging have shown that the roots of your wisdom teeth are near nerves
- You are still having problems with your wisdom teeth and need them removed
If you think you might need coronectomy, contact one of our 8 locations today and we will be happy to further assist you.