Occasionally, root canal therapy is not sufficient to heal your tooth and your endodontist will recommend endodontic microsurgery as the best treatment option. The most common type of endodontic microsurgery is called an apicoectomy, or root-end resection, which may be needed when inflammation or infections persist in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure.
WHAT IS AN APICOECTOMY?
Endodontic microsurgery, or apicoectomy, is a procedure used to locate hidden canals or small fractures in your tooth that were previously undetected on x-rays. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth may also be treated with this procedure.
HOW DOES AN APICOECTOMY WORK?
An apicoectomy is a simple procedure that an endodontist will perform by making a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. Any damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A small filling is placed to seal the end of the root canal and to prevent reinfection. A few stitches, are then placed to help the tissue heal. In the next few months, the bone naturally heals around the end of the root and the full function of the tooth is restored. Most patients return to their normal activities the next day. Post-surgical discomfort is generally mild and can include some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure and your endodontist will recommend the appropriate medication to alleviate your discomfort after treatment is completed.
DO YOU NEED ENDODONTIC MICROSURGERY IN VIRGINIA?
We are committed to providing high-quality endodontic microsurgery so you can achieve optimal dental health. Advanced technologies, like 3D digital imaging and operating microscopes, allow our endodontists to perform these procedures quickly and comfortably. Contact us today for more information and to schedule your appointment!