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If you’ve had a root canal that didn’t fully treat your infected tooth, you might need an apicoectomy. Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS, provide safe and effective apicoectomies at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants in the Bayside, Queens, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. To start the process of getting your apicoectomy, schedule a visit today by calling either office or booking an appointment online.
An apicoectomy is a procedure your surgeon performs to treat an infected tooth. It involves opening a flap in your gum tissue and removing the infection from the root of your tooth. They also remove a small portion of your tooth root, as well.
Your oral surgeon usually only performs an apicoectomy if a root canal has been unsuccessful in fully treating your infection. There are several reasons a root canal might not be successful.
In some cases, you might develop new decay, or your tooth might have extra canals branching off from the main canal that your oral surgeon wasn’t aware of.
An apicoectomy might also be necessary if you’re experiencing calcification, which is a narrowing or hardening of your canals that develops in response to age or trauma. Calcification makes it more difficult to fully clean your canals, which can lead to an unsuccessful root canal and the need for an apicoectomy.
First, your oral surgeon uses a local anesthetic to numb your infected tooth and the surrounding tissues. Then, they make a small incision in your gum to expose the root tip.
With your tooth root exposed, your oral surgeon removes all of the infected tissue and a small portion of the root tip. Once your tooth is free of infection, the root tip is sealed with a filling and the incision in your gums is closed with sutures.
If the removal of the infection has left a significant void in your bone tissue, your oral surgeon can help restore the tissue with a bone graft.
Exact recovery time varies, but in most cases, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities the day after your apicoectomy.
There might be some swelling as you fully heal from the procedure, but your oral surgeon gives you detailed instructions for postoperative care to minimize any discomfort and speed up your recovery process.
To learn more about how an apicoectomy can benefit your oral health, schedule a visit with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.