Apicoectomy – An Overview Of Endodontic Surgery.

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery.

Apicoectomy – An Overview of Endodontic Surgery.

Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Sometimes patients need more than a root canal to fully save a tooth from extraction. Our endodontist performs apicoectomies right here in our office. The procedure, also known as endodontic surgery and root-end resection, is an option to find fractures and hidden canals that don't show up on x-rays. These can still cause pain in the tooth and need repair. The doctors can also treat damaged root surfaces and the surrounding bone with an apicoectomy.

What is an Apicoectomy?

The procedure begins with the endodontist making an incision in the gum tissue in order to work on the bone and inflamed tissue surrounding it. Next, the damaged section is removed along with the root tip. Lastly, a root-end filling is placed to protect the root and prevent reinfection. The doctor closes up the incision with sutures. Over the next few months, the bone heals naturally. Once it's completely healed, the tooth is fully functional again.

To see an example of the process, we’ve included a video for you to watch on this page.

After the apicoectomy, patients may experience swelling and discomfort along the incision area. Although unpleasant, it's common. Your endodontist will recommend medication to take following the procedure. If the pain doesn't respond to medicine, contact Meridian Endodontics at 317-846-4980.

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