Apicoectomy

Why would I need 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 Dr. Read will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

What is an apicoectomy?

The video above illustrates this simple procedure. 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 reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.


1. Infected Tissue

2. Tissue Removed

3. Suture Placed

4. Healing Complete

What should I expect after an apicoectomy?

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.

 
 

Stapleton Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 2 Apicoectomy reviews.

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Dr. Read was excellent! He explained everything so I know what to expect.

- Kinsa V

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Good experience. Friendly staff

- Lilian R

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Apicoectomy
Was This Your First Visit?
No
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Rating: 5
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Rating: 5
Waiting Time:
Rating: 5
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5