Apicoectomy

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured nerves from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your dentist/endodontist will recommend surgery. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection. An apicoectomy is an incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent re-infection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.