WHAT IS ENDODONTIC SURGERY?
Endodontic surgery is a surgical procedure performed to treat disease in and around roots of teeth. Each surgical endodontic procedure is designed to help patients save teeth that would normally require extraction. Some of the reasons a patient may need endodontic surgery include:
- Diagnosis — Sometimes when there is a problem in the root area that cannot be detected with an x-ray, endodontic surgery can aid your endodontist in the diagnosis and treatment of your dental issue.
- Calcification — When calcium deposits make it too difficult for cleaning instruments to reach the very end of your tooth roots, endodontic surgery may be necessary to clean out the deposits to widen the canal.
- Damaged Root Surfaces or Unhealed Teeth — If a tooth won’t heal after root canal therapy, or the root surface of the tooth becomes damaged, endodontic surgery may be necessary to save your tooth and alleviate your symptoms.
The most common type of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy. Apicoectomies, or root-end resections, involve removing infected or inflamed tissue deep within the tooth or at the end of the tooth roots. During this endodontic treatment, the gum tissue is opened to gain access to the infected or inflamed tissue. While the harmful piece of tissue is removed, the very end of the tooth root is removed with it. Once the area is thoroughly cleaned out, a small filling will be placed over the end of the canal, and the gums will be sutured to promote faster healing and recovery.
To find out more about endodontic surgery and apicoectomies, call us at our office today.