WHAT IS AN APICOECTOMY?
Our teeth are held in place by roots that extend into our jawbone. An apicoectomy is a minor surgical procedure performed by an endodontist where the apex or tip of the root is removed.
WHY WOULD I NEED THIS PROCEDURE?
An apicoectomy, also known as root end surgery, might be necessary if an infection develops or persists after a root canal has been completed. If this is suggested for you, it means your tooth cannot be saved by conventional root canal treatment. Often, the only alternative to an apicoectomy is removing the tooth, which could affect adjacent teeth that are healthy. The purpose is to preserve the function of your natural tooth.
WHAT HAPPENS IN AN APICOECTOMY?
First, local anesthesia is used to make you comfortable. During the treatment, an incision is made in the gum near the tooth to expose and remove any inflamed or infected tissue. Your endodontist will remove the tip of the tooth’s root. The end of the root canal is sealed with a small filling. Stitches are used to close the gum tissue and the bone heals around the end of the root over the next few months.