Endodontic Surgery/Apicoectomy

An apicoectomy is the removal of a tooth root tip or apex. It generally also includes the removal of diseased tissue from around the tip of the root, and sealing the root tip.

The procedure is generally performed when teeth have already undergone a root canal treatment and when retreatment is not advised, or if the root canal is blocked by either tooth structure or filling material.

The surgery involves a precise incision into the gum tissue, which is then gently lifted to expose the bone and surrounding area. The diseased or infected tissue is then carefully removed, along with the tip of the root. A root-end filling, made from a special biocompatible material, seals the tip of the root to prevent further infection.

The gum is then sutured back into place. The bone around the root will naturally heal over a period of months, restoring to full functionality.

Apicoectomy

After the surgery, there may be some discomfort or inflammation. This is part of the natural healing process. An appropriate pain medication will be recommended to alleviate any discomfort.

If you have any concerns, please contact our office.

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