Infected soft tissue inside the tooth can be painful and even debilitating for the sufferer. The purpose of an apicoectomy is to remove the infection and preserve the function of the natural tooth. With an apicoectomy, we can save your natural tooth from extraction, even after a prior root canal treatment has failed.
Reasons for an Apicoectomy
Some patients have complicated root canals that makes successful root canal therapy impossible. An apicoectomy is a better approach for patients with:
Blocked root canal: If an object from a prior procedure becomes lodged in one of the canals, the dentist will be unable to effectively clean the whole canal.
Small and complex root branches: Some patients have countless tiny root branches that cannot be cleaned and sealed properly during root canal treatment.
Narrow or curved anatomy: Other patients may have root canals that are significantly curved or narrow. These complex canals cannot be cleaned with traditional root canal tools.
What Happens during an Apicoectomy?
Prior to your procedure, our endodontist may prescribe an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory medication to treat the infection. We will take digital x-rays to plan the apicoectomy accurately and guarantee the best results.
Dr. Stubbs will make a precise incision in the gum tissue, exposing the inflamed tissue and the bone. He will remove the damaged tissue, as well as the root tip. We use ultrasonic instruments to optimize the cleanliness of the area.
He will use a root-end filling to fortify the area and prevent reinfection. The gum is sutured, and the bone heals naturally around the root over time.
An apicoectomy does not require an overnight stay. We will provide you with all of the aftercare instructions you need, along with the pain relievers that are right for you.
If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in a tooth, call our office right away to schedule your appointment.