An apicoectomy is a surgical endodontic procedure that is used to remove an infection that is affecting the root of a tooth as well as any adjacent tissues. It is typically used in cases where traditional endodontic treatment has failed and the original infection has spread beyond the tip of the root, or apex, of a tooth. This procedure has been around for many years and has changed quite a bit over time. These days, when performed by an endodontist specially trained in modern surgical techniques, an apicoectomy is a very precise and effective procedure that is able to relieve dental pain and save severely damaged teeth from extraction.
If you have a tooth that has undergone a root canal and endodontic retreatment and still experiences pain and sensitivity, an apicoectomy may be exactly what you need to finally get relief. Contact us today for a consultation.
As with all of the services we provide, everything will begin with a thorough examination where we’ll look at the damaged tooth in question as well as evaluate your overall dental health. Based on our findings, we’ll make recommendations as to what treatment would be best for you. If this involves an apicoectomy, it will include a few basic steps:
During your procedure, we will utilize a surgical microscope so we can see the finer details of where we’re operating as well as special micro-instruments.
Most patients describe feeling relatively little pain during or after the procedure, and any discomfort you experience will be easily managed using over-the-counter medication. You may experience some swelling, but this will only be temporary.
To allow for better healing, you’ll be asked to avoid brushing or rinsing your mouth as well as smoking or eating hard, crunchy foods for a few days. In most cases, your stitches will dissolve on their own after about a week or so, and any pain or swelling should be completely gone within 14 days. Even though this procedure is considered surgery, many of our patients find that the recovery is actually much easier than even a tooth extraction.