Endodontic Microsurgery or 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 or root canal will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and Dr. Mendez and associates will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still causing problems manifesting 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. We provide modern a procedure, that even a very complex case can be treated.
The advance technique that we perform with the latest technology, materials and the best microscopes is called Endodontic Microsurgery .
What is an apicoectomy?
The video above illustrates this 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.