When a dental infection reaches the root of the tooth, it can quickly spread to the tiny canals and blood vessels that branch off from the tips of the roots. During a root canal, a dentist cleans all of these canals and branches that extend out from within the tooth using special tools. Unfortunately, the infection can sometimes remain in the tiny branches of the canals, and problems return even after multiple root canals. When root canal therapy is unsuccessful, an apicoectomy may be able to eliminate infection and save your natural tooth.
An apicoectomy can prevent the need for a dental extraction or other treatment. If you need an apicoectomy treatment, your dentist will likely refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. At Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our oral surgeon, Dr. Steve Huang, can perform your treatment in the comfort of our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Henderson, NV.
What is an apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy is a procedure designed to eliminate infections from the very tip (also known as the apex) of your tooth’s root. This apex has lots of narrow channels that can hide infected tissue, but an apicoectomy removes the apex altogether and replaces it with a tiny dental filling. This filling seals the root of the tooth and prevents infection from spreading.
To perform the procedure, the oral surgeon will first administer the appropriate anesthetic to prevent pain. Next, the surgeon will access the root tip through the side of the gums — this makes the procedure ideal for patients who have crowns and cannot undergo procedures that enter the top of the tooth, such as root canals. Once the root is exposed, your surgeon will remove the tip of the root and clean all signs of infection in and around the tooth using special ultrasonic tools. Once the infection is entirely clear, a small filling (usually made of composite or resin) will be placed to protect the root of the tooth. The surgical site will then be sutured and left to heal. The total procedure usually takes between 30 and 90 minutes.
Apicoectomy in Henderson, NV
If you need dental treatment and root canals have not been a successful solution, an apicoectomy may be right for you. Our oral surgeon, Dr. Steve Huang, is an expert at all sorts of dental and facial procedures, and he will be happy to discuss your treatment options during a consultation appointment.