Apicoectomy (Endodontic Surgery)

APICOECTOMY AFTER FAILED ROOT CANAL

An apicoectomy is performed after an unsuccessful root canal. When an infection will not go away or returns after a root canal has been performed this procedure is usually necessary. I n most cases a second root canal (retreatment) is considered before an apicoectomy since it is a simpler, less invasive procedure. There are many nerves that may contain the infected tissue, so it is difficult to ensure that all of the infection is removed during a root canal. During an apicoectomy, the tip of the root of the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling.

The Procedure

Before the apicoectomy begins you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. Dr. Say or Dr. Palencar will start by making an incision in your gum to expose the root of your tooth. Any inflamed tissue will be removed to clean out the area. The surgery takes place in a very small area, and only a few millimeters are removed from the root. The precise nature of the surgery gives it a high rate of success. After the root is removed a filling is placed and the gums are sutured. Depending on the type of sutures you may have to return in a few days to have them removed, or dissolving sutures may be used instead. Over the course of the next few months the bone will heal around the root.

Call Brock Dental today if you have questions regarding this procedure.

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