Drs. Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman of Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry in Beverly Hills, California offer a selection of services that can only be completed by an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental professional who has at least two extra years of training and education which allows them to provide certain surgical procedures that impact the dental pulp and tissues inside of the tooth. With an endodontist, patients may be referred to undergo a procedure known as root amputation.

What is root amputation?

Our professionals describe root amputation as a specialized dental procedure used to remove a root from a tooth that has multiple roots. Afterwards, the tooth is stabilized and then made functional with the placement of a filling or a dental crown. The teeth that are often best suited for this treatment are the molars that are in the back of the mouth. Some of these may have multiple roots, and with removal, an endodontist can save a diseased or traumatized tooth from requiring extraction. Retaining healthy natural teeth is highly encouraged whenever possible, so root amputation can make this a reality for a patient who might otherwise be faced with removal.

When might I need root amputation?

A dentist might refer a patient to an endodontist for root amputation when faced with various issues which may include:

  • Bacteria that is imbedded into the root structure
  • Teeth or tooth roots are fractured or broken
  • Decay has occurred in a specific area of the tooth
  • Periodontitis has caused severe bone loss around the tooth

Is root amputation painful?

Our endodontic team will provide safe and effective treatment of a wide range of concerns and will often perform these services with proper sedation and anesthetics for patient comfort.

Learn more about root amputation

If you need endodontic treatments such as root amputation, you can contact our Beverly Hills, California office to learn more about the solutions available. Drs. Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman are available to help individuals at their practice, Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry at 465 North Roxbury Drive, Suite #703. Call our office at (310) 861-3955 today!

Frequently asked questions

Root amputation is a sophisticated dentistry operation that involves removing a root from a tooth with several roots. The tooth is then fixed and functionalized by implanting a filling or a dental crown.

The molars at the rear of the mouth are frequently the best candidates for this therapy. Some of them may have many roots, and an endodontist can preserve a damaged or traumatized tooth from extraction by removing them.

When faced with various issues such as bacteria embedded in the root structure, teeth or tooth roots that are fractured or broken, decay in a specific area of the tooth, or when periodontitis has caused severe bone loss around the tooth.

Your endodontic staff will treat the issues safely and effectively and frequently execute these procedures under suitable sedation and anesthetics for your comfort.

The skilled doctors at our practice are Frank M. A. Vidjak, DDS, MSEd and Fanny Yacaman, DDS, MSEd, MS.

Doctors Bio Image - Dr.Frank Vidjak
Dr. Vidjak has been a prosthodontist for over two decades, with his private practice in Beverly Hills from 1989. A USC School of Dentistry graduate, he completed his specialty training in prosthodontics and an MS in Medical Education at USC where he also taught the School of Dentistry. He was its Clinical Director of the Advanced Prosthodontic Program and International Student Program too.

Doctors Bio Image - Dr. Fanny Yacaman
Dr. Yacaman received her DDS from the University Technologica of Mexico and served the clinical faculty in Endodontics at Unitec. She practiced Endodontics in Mexico City for over 10 years. She has an advanced specialty certificate in Advanced Microscopic Endodontics and Microsurgery and a Master of Science in Medical Education from the USC and has been a Clinical Faculty member at the UCLA School of Dentistry Department of Endodontics for more than 15 years. She specializes in Root Resorption treatment, having researched on External Root Resorption for over 15 years for a Master’s in Craniofacial Molecular Biology at USC’s Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology. She is one of four Endodontists in United States that can treat Root Resorption. She is a local and international lecturer in Endodontics and Microsurgery and has received many awards and has published articles in the area.