Apicoectomy is the standard term for endodontic surgery. This method is generally used as a last resort to save a tooth that has proven to be unresponsive to root canal therapy and endodontic retreatment. It is a complex procedure that may require extensive recovery times in order to protect the health of the teeth. It is important to note that root canal therapy and endodontic retreatment are generally used prior to advanced treatments, like apicoectomy.
The Apicoectomy Process
This process is a surgical procedure. It begins with an incision that opens the tissue of the gums near the infected tooth. This serves to expose the bone around the affected tooth. The endodontist then uses a microscope and specialized equipment in order to remove the infected tissue, as well as the end of the root tips. After the infected portions have been removed, the canal is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. A miniscule filling is used to seal the end of the root canal. This helps to prevent the canal from becoming re-infected. Due to the incision in the gums, the gum tissue will need to be sutured in order to promote healing.
It is vital to follow your endodontist’s post-operation instructions carefully to enhance healing and prevent the infection from reoccurring. An apicoectomy is a complex procedure, and there is likely to be swelling and numbness for the first couple of weeks following the surgery. Follow all of your endodontist’s instructions, especially with regards for caring for the surgical site, as well as what you can eat following the surgery.
An apicoectomy is one of the final techniques for saving a tooth that has experienced severe infection. Through an apicoectomy, you can still save a tooth after root canals and endodontic retreatment procedures have failed. To learn more about an apicoectomy, contact us at David G. Johnson DDS, PC today!