An apicoectomy is a procedure involving endodontic microsurgery to remove and then reseal the tip of the tooth’s root. An apicoectomy may be needed after a root canal if an infection develops or persists.
Root Canal Surgery
When a tooth becomes infected, a root canal treatment is usually all that is required needed to save the tooth. There are times, however, when root canal therapy will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and Dr. Jenson, your Orem endodontist, will recommend root canal surgery.
Through endodontic surgery, an endodontist—such as Dr. Jenson—can find and repair the sources of the infection that are still causing pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces, infected tissue, or the surrounding bone may also be treated with surgery. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth after a root canal is a root-end resection, also called an apicoectomy.
What Is Involved With an Apicoectomy?
At Cascade Endodontics near Provo Canyon, Dr. Jenson will do everything possible to make you comfortable during your apicoectomy.
- Once the area surrounding the tooth has been anesthetized, he will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the infected tooth root and the surrounding inflamed tissue.
- He will then remove the tip of the root and the damaged tissue.
- After preparing the root end cavity, he will fill it with a biocompatible material to prevent reinfection of the root.
- The bone and tissue surrounding the infected root will then begin to heal.
Following the root canal surgery in our Utah County office, you may experience some swelling or discomfort or swelling during the healing process. As with any surgical procedure, this is to be expected.
Dr. Jenson will give post-operative instructions to you and may recommend pain medication. Be sure to let him know if you have any allergies to medications or if your pain is not responding to the recommended medication.
Contact Us for More Information on Root Canal Surgery
If an apicoectomy is required for your situation, Orem endodontist Dr. Jon Jenson is the one to perform it for you. Ask for an appointment today by contacting our Utah County office just north of Provo today. Simply call the number above or fill out the form to the left.