WHAT IS AN APICOECTOMY?
Generally, root canal treatment is all that is needed to repair your injured tooth. Occasionally, the root canal procedure will not be sufficient to completely eliminate the problem. If the tooth is not healing we may suggest surgical treatment. Endodontic surgery can be used to remove persistent infections, locate fractures, or treat hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but cause pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.
Endodontic surgery known as apicoectomy starts with an incision in the gum tissue to expose the damaged tooth and/or bone. The damaged portion of bone or root is removed and the surrounding areas are cleaned. A root-end filling is placed at the end of the root to prevent re-infection and the gum is sutured back in place. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function. We will closely monitor you and your tooth during this time.
Following this procedure, you may expect some discomfort, swelling, and possibly bruising of the surrounding area. This is normal after any surgical treatment. We will guide you through the postoperative healing with specific instructions and medications as needed. We are only a phone call away if you have any questions after your surgery.