Apical surgery is an additional treatment or an alternative to an endodontic retreatment. When an infection cannot be completely eliminated from the tip of a dental root (the apex), an apicoectomy is carried out.
This minor surgery is quick and relatively painless using state-of-the-art technology. The procedure aims at removing the source of the infection.
An apicoectomy is also useful to:
- Locate hidden canals or tiny fractures that are not visible on x-rays
- Eliminate calcium deposits in root canals
- Treat damaged canal surfaces
- Treat the bone surrounding a tooth
What does apical surgery involve?
- Local anaesthesia for the area to be treated
- Incision in the gum
- Curettage of damaged tissue and removal of the infected portion of the root
- Preparation and filling of the root tip using a biocompatible material
- Suture of the gum
Post-surgical discomfort is relatively mild. You can return to your regular activities the day after the procedure.
What to expect after the surgery?
- Swelling or discomfort for two to four days
- The gum will heal within a few weeks
- The bone around the treated area will heal naturally within a few months
Post-surgical information will be given to you to promote healing and prevent complications. Again, if you have any questions or concerns after the surgery, please call us.