How an Apicoectomy Can Save Your Tooth
Has your dentist recommended that you visit an oral surgeon for an apicoectomy? This treatment is a method that can be used to save a tooth when conventional treatments, such as root canals or fillings, aren’t enough to save the tooth.
Dr. Ads is an expert in the apicoectomy treatment, and this minor surgical procedure can be done at our Oramax dental office. In many situations, a root canal is done by a general dentist first. An apicoectomy might be required if the root canal becomes re-infected later.
What is an Apicoectomy Treatment?
An apicoectomy, also known as endodontic surgery, is used in certain situations when non-surgical methods are unable to save a tooth. Many times a root canal is sufficient to save a tooth, but in some circumstances hidden canals or fractures might be present at the root of the tooth. As a result, the patient might experience ongoing pain. The problem can be identified through digital imaging.
When an apicoectomy is done, the surgeon will make a small incision in the gums near the top of the tooth. This incision exposes the root of the tooth as well as the bone and surrounding tissues. Then, the root tip and damaged tissues are removed, and a filling is placed on the end of the tooth is order to prevent reinfection.
After a few months, the bone actually heals around the root in order to restore full function of the tooth. This procedure is an effective way to maintain dental health and prevent tooth loss.
Why Do You Need an Apicoectomy?
In many situations, an apicoectomy is used to prevent re-infection in a tooth that was previously treated with a root canal. That tooth may have new decay or recurrent decay, or it is possible there were undetected canals in the tooth when the original root canal was completed. Even though the root canal treatment is an effective way to save a tooth, it is possible that a tooth can experience ongoing problems many years later.
Another reason that an apicoectomy might be needed is if the tooth is infected and a root canal isn’t feasible. If other dental work, such as a crown and a post, prevents the root canal treatment, then an apicoectomy might be a better option to maintain the original restoration.
For more information about the apicoectomy treatment, we invite you to contact our office anytime. Our experienced staff is always available to answer your questions and help you determine the right treatment for your dental health. Call us today to schedule a consultation!