What is an apicoectomy?
We explore nonsurgical options first; sometimes, endodontic surgery is necessary. When a root canal is insufficient to heal your injured or infected tooth pulp, your dentist may recommend surgery.
If we suggest an apicoectomy, we know it is the only way to save your natural tooth. If you continue to get infections after root canal treatment or retreatment, the problem may be with the tip, or apex, of your tooth’s root.
At Prime Time Dentistry in Frisco, saving your natural tooth is our top priority. Our dentist is experienced in endodontic surgery and strives to ensure that you have a comfortable, pleasant experience. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about your procedure.
Reasons for an Apicoectomy:
- Unsuccessful retreatment
- Diagnosis: If your dentist cannot discover the cause of your symptoms, we suggest surgery. We then can see the structure of your tooth’s root to understand the problem better.
- Narrow canal: If you have a narrow root canal due to calcium deposits, you may need an apicoectomy to clean and seal the canal.
What Happens During the Surgery
During your apicoectomy, your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue to expose the bone and infected tissue. Your dentist will then remove the infected tissue and the root tip. After this, our team will place a filling to seal the root, so you do not develop a secondary infection. Your gum tissue will then be sutured into place again.
What to Expect After Surgery
You may feel pain or discomfort at the surgery site with your incision heals. Your dentist will prescribe or recommend pain medication. Additionally, we will give you more detailed post-operative instructions.
Tooth pain and surgery can be nerve-wracking, and our dentist at Prime Time Dentistry is devoted to giving you the best experience possible. Your oral health and natural teeth are our top priority.
To determine whether or not you need an apicoectomy, call our office today at 945-207-7463 to schedule your appointment.