For those who are experiencing pain within their teeth, an apicoectomy may be a procedure that can help alleviate the discomfort. At Access Endodontics, we understand you may have questions about which procedure is right for you. Whether it is an apicoectomy, or another type of endodontic procedure, we will ensure the treatment we recommend is safe and an effective way to treat your dental pain. Our endodontists Dr. Burton Waxman and Dr. Lina Jarboe are experienced in providing gentle and comfortable care.
Contact our team at 410.304.7226 or learn more below to better understand apicoectomies and find out if it is the right solution for you.
What Is an Apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy, also known as root-end surgery, is a surgical procedure that is performed when an infection in the root of a tooth is not effectively treated by a root canal. During the procedure, our endodontists will remove the tip of the tooth’s root and the surrounding infected tissue. Then, we will clean and seal the area to prevent further infection. An apicoectomy is a routine procedure that is used to save teeth which may otherwise require extraction.
This procedure might be necessary if you have experienced an unsuccessful root canal or if the infection is deep within the jawbone. Signs that you might need an apicoectomy include persistent pain, swelling near the tooth, and discharge from the gums.
Is an Apicoectomy Painful?
At Access Endodontics, we understand that the thought of undergoing oral surgery can be intimidating, and you may have some concerns about the level of pain you will experience. We want to reassure you that our team will take every measure to ensure your comfort and minimize any pain or discomfort you may feel. An apicoectomy is typically performed under local anesthesia, which will numb the area and minimize any pain during the procedure. After the surgery, we may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort you may experience.
What to Expect During an Apicoectomy
Before the procedure, our endodontists will take the time to explain what will happen during the surgery and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. During the apicoectomy, our team will make a small incision near the affected tooth and remove the infected tissue. We will then place a filling to seal the tip of the tooth’s root. After the procedure, we will provide you with detailed care instructions to promote healing and prevent infection. Some items include:
- Refraining from vigorous activities
- Eating only soft foods and avoiding chewing on the affected side
- Brushing your teeth gently and avoiding flossing near the area
You may experience some minor discomfort and swelling for a few days after the procedure, but this should subside within a week. You can contact our team with any concerns or feedback about your recovery.
Schedule an Apicoectomy with Access Endodontics Today
At Access Endodontics, located near Columbia, Maryland, we are committed to providing our patients with safe and effective treatments for dental pain. If you are experiencing discomfort in your teeth and have been told that you may need an apicoectomy, our team of experienced endodontists, Dr. Burton Waxman and Dr. Lina Jarboe, can help. We will take the time to explain the procedure, answer any questions you may have, and ensure your comfort throughout the process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey toward a pain-free smile.