What Is An Apicoectomy?

Apicoectomy OremIf you have already had a root canal but are still experiencing pain, Orem endodontist Dr. Jon Jenson may recommend an apicoectomy. This is a dental surgery that is used when root canal therapy is unsuccessful. An apicoectomy, also known as a Root-End Resection, allows your endodontist to find the source of infection that is causing you tooth pain.  This procedure can locate fractures or hidden canals that cannot be located by x-rays.

During an apicoectomy, your Orem endodontist will numb the area surrounding the infected tooth. He will then make an incision in your gum to access the tooth root. Once the root’s tip and damaged tissue are removed, he will fill it with a biocompatible material. This filling material is placed to prevent infection of the root. Over the next several months, your bone will heal around the root. Patients are given pain medication for discomfort and swelling.

After root canal therapy, an apicoectomy is the most common surgery for damaged teeth. Endodontic surgery is more demanding than root canal therapy. As a result, endodontists receive at least two years of additional training.

If your teeth require an apicoectomy because of a past unsuccessful root canal, talk to Orem endodontist Dr. Jon Jenson. He will work hard to ensure that you leave with a healthy, pain-free smile. Call us today or fill out the form on the left.