An apicoectomy is a procedure in which an oral surgeon removes the end of a tooth root due to persistent infection following root canal therapy. This is not the same as a root resection, which removes the entire tooth root rather than just a piece. Read on for more information on what to expect from an apicoectomy.
Your oral surgeon may instruct you to use an antimicrobial mouthwash, anti-inflammatory medications, and antibiotics prior to the apicoect omy procedure to help control the level of bacteria in your mouth and reduce the chances of spreading the infection. It is important to discuss any health conditions with your oral surgeon to identify any risk factors or possible anesthesia complications.
After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and lift it away from the affected tooth in order to access the bone. A small opening will then be made within the bone to expose the root before the tip is removed and sealed with a filling. In some cases, your oral surgeon may place donor bone into the surgical opening to improve bone growth following the procedure. The incision is then closed with sutures that can be removed approximately one week after surgery. As with any procedure, you will want to see your oral surgeon for all follow up appointments to ensure the efficacy of the treatment.
Whether you are interested in more information on apicoectomy procedures, tooth extraction, or treatment for TMJ, Dr. Anthony Green, DDS is here to help. We also offer gingival grafting, bone grafting, and orthognathic surgery. Call our Queens office at (718) 739-1300 to schedule an initial consultation. You can also check out our website for more information on our treatment services.