While root canals are the most commonly performed endodontic procedure, there are occasions where an endodontist would need to take a different approach to help save a tooth. If this is the case, you may hear your endodontist recommend an apicoectomy. This procedure, also known as a root-end surgery, is where the tooth’s root tip and surrounding tissue are removed. While this is a form of endodontic surgery, apicoectomies are microsurgical procedures, which means that they are minimally invasive.
At Access Endodontics in Howard County, we can relieve pain and restore the health of your teeth and gums through apicoectomies and other endodontic procedures. Contact our team today by calling 410.304.7226 or by reaching out to us online.
What Is an Apicoectomy?
Apicoectomies are a suggested procedure on root canalled teeth experiencing residual problems. This procedure would come prior to the recommendation of having the tooth extracted. The procedure helps endodontists locate and treat damaged parts of the tooth that may not have appeared on an X-ray. The apicoectomy offers a chance to save the tooth and eliminate any lingering infection.
First, your endodontist will make a small incision in the gum to see the bone at the root of the tooth. At this point, they will remove any damaged or decayed tissue, as well as the end of the root tip. A small filling will be added to the root to protect the tooth from any further decay. After the procedure, your endodontist will stitch this surgical site to help the gums recover, and over the following months, the bone surrounding the root tip will heal.
What to Expect During an Apicoectomy in Ellicott City
Apicoectomies are relatively simple procedures. Your endodontist will likely use a local anesthetic during your procedure, although sedation can be provided for some patients. This procedure should take between 60 and 90 minutes. While apicoectomies are a form of surgery, they are minimally invasive, and most patients report very little pain after the procedure. Some swelling or discomfort might occur but will generally go away within a couple of days. Prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers can help relieve discomfort in the meantime.
Caring for your teeth after an apicoectomy includes good oral health habits like brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. Your dentist will be able to ensure that infection does not spread to neighboring teeth. Apicoectomies have a high success rate, but regular cleanings will help you stop future problems before they start.
Signs You Need an Apicoectomy
Your dentist or endodontist will be able to determine if an apicoectomy is needed to resolve any oral health issues. A few reasons why you might need an apicoectomy include:
Persistent pain or swelling after a root canal, even if it’s been years since the procedure
Your dentist can’t determine the source of the pain or infection
There’s an anatomical irregularity that makes it difficult to see what’s happening on an X-ray
No matter why you need an apicoectomy, your endodontist at Access Endodontics will walk you through every step of the procedure. We pride ourselves on helping patients feel comfortable and at ease from the moment they step through our doors.
Reach Out to Access Endodontics Today
Access Endodontics offers a variety of endodontic services to residents of Howard County and beyond. to residents of Howard County and beyond. We partner with area dentists to provide apicoectomies, root canals, endodontic retreatment, and other procedures to individuals who are experiencing pain or discomfort. Through our leading-edge technology, we’re able to quickly and effectively treat infected, damaged, or decayed teeth and provide relief from pain. Our endodontists are at the top of their field and take time to listen to patients’ concerns.
Contact Drs. Lina Jarboe and Burton Waxman at Access Endodontics today at 410.304.7226 or connect with our team online to learn more about apicoectomies or our other services.
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