Endodontic Root End Surgery

Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays, but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is called an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

What is a Root End Surgery?

An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the problematic area and the  surrounding inflamed tissue. The diseased tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is then placed to seal the root end and the gum is sutured back in place. The bone naturally heals around the root over time.

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling and bruising while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.

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