Most non-surgical root canal procedures are successful in protecting the tooth from subsequent re-infection. However, if you’ve already had a root canal treatment with no effect, you’ll most likely need a different dental procedure — an Apicoectomy.
What is an Apicoectomy
An Apicoectomy is an oral surgery procedure we perform when a traditional root canal fails to remove all the dead nerves and infected tissues. It removes the apex, which is the tip of the tooth’s root.
Purpose of an Apicoectomy
An apicoectomy is among the few viable solutions when your tooth cannot be saved by conventional root canal treatment. Its purpose is to preserve the function of your natural tooth by correcting the persisting problem. We remove the apex along with the surrounding tissue after attempting one or more root canal treatments. An Apicoectomy can save you from a possible tooth extraction.
What Does an Apicoectomy Procedure Involve?
During an apicoectomy, we first make a small incision to open the gum tissue near the affected tooth. We use a special microscope and advanced equipment to remove the infected tissue along with the end of the root tips. Once we complete this process, we clean the tooth canal and seal it before placing a small fitting to prevent re-infection.
Once the surgery is complete, your bone will heal naturally and restore the tooth’s full function.
However, your treatment doesn’t stop there. We will also provide special instructions on post-surgical care, including which medications to take and which foods to avoid. Since there’ll be swelling in the first couple of weeks, you’ll need to apply ice once or twice every day.
If you’re still experiencing pain after a root canal treatment, we recommend visiting Dr. Huang at Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center for further diagnosis. To schedule an appointment with us, call us today.