Things to Know About an Apicoectomy
If you have had an unsuccessful root canal, there are still options available to completely restore your oral health. Here are some important things to know about an apicoectomy and how this procedure may be right for you.
Things to Know About an Apicoectomy | What is an Apicoectomy?
Minimally-invasive root canals almost never fail. However, if your root canal does fail, a surgical backup plan is still available. After a root canal, debris and bacteria can sometimes stay behind deep inside crevices that are very difficult for even experienced professionals to reach. That is why an apicoectomy is often a good choice because this procedure repairs the source of the problem.
Things to Know About an Apicoectomy | Procedure
An apicoectomy is the microsurgical removal of the apex of the infected root. As a rule, only patients who have at least one unsuccessful root canal and are not good retreatment candidates should consider an apicoectomy. Since tooth rots are not much bigger than blood vessels, our experienced Buffalo endodontist Dr. McCann uses an advanced digital microscope to locate the tip of the root and gently remove it. The area is then filled and sealed to form a permanent bond.
Things to Know About an Apicoectomy | After the Surgery
Because an apicoectomy works from the bottom up, healing also occurs from the bottom up. This gradual process often leads to better results. Furthermore, the shorter root tips actually make the tooth stronger because bone tissue grows in its place.
As in almost all surgical procedures, some mild discomfort and inflammation is normal for the first few days. However, an over-the-counter pain reliever is typically sufficient to alleviate any discomfort. We also recommend that most patients chew on the other side of their mouths for a few days.
If you are suffering with a bad tooth or are in need of an apicoectomy, please contact our experienced Buffalo root canal dentist today to help put a stop to your continuous oral pain.