Why would I need endodontic surgery?
Generally, una canal raíz is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. De vez en cuando, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and Dr. Bjarnason will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Dañado superficies de la raíz o el hueso circundante también se puede tratar con este procedimiento. La cirugía más común que se utiliza para guardar los dientes dañados es una resección apicectomía o extremo radicular.
What is an apicoectomy?
The video above illustrates this simple procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.
1. Infected Tissue
2. Tissue Removed
3. Suture Placed
4. Healing Complete
What should I expect after an apicoectomy?
Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.