Apicoectomy or Root-end Surgery
The purpose of root canal therapy is to clean the diseased or infected tissue from the inside of a tooth and then seal it to prevent further infection. This treatment can be complicated by a variety of factors, and the root canal therapy alone may not be successful at clearing the established infection. There may also be extra canals or cracks in teeth that are not visible on x-rays, and are not able to be treated by conventional root canal methods. In these situations, an apicoectomy or root-end surgery is often the only option available to salvage a failing root canal treated tooth.
What is an Apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy is a surgery completed on the tip of the root of a tooth. An incision is made into the gum tissue and the infected root tip is exposed. The diseased tissue is cleaned from the area, and part of the infected root is removed. After the root is removed, the remaining tooth is then sealed in order to prevent the infection from reestablishing itself. In some instances a bone graft may be placed, and the area is then closed with sutures.
What kind of recovery can I expect?
In general root-end surgery does not require significant recovery time. Until the incision has healed, you will need to be careful with what you eat. As with any surgery a certain amount of discomfort and swelling is to be expected. You will be prescribed medications to alleviate the discomfort and expedite your recovery. At your consultation appointment we will discuss the specifics of your recovery and the amount of downtime you can expect.
Schedule Your Consultation
Schedule a consultation for your Apicoectomy today to determine your best choices. During a consultation, patients meet with their surgeon and the staff to discuss procedure options in more detail. Patients may ask questions about desired outcome as well as view before and after photos of similar procedures.