Apicoectomy

An overview of endodontic surgery

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery.

Why would I need Endodontic 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. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

What is an Apicoectomy?

The above diagram 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 a small amount of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to seal the root and sutures will be placed. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.

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.

Microsurgery

3-D imaging and microscopes are utilized to maximize visualization and precision during apicoectomies. Ultrasonic and bioceramic technology allow Dr. Loeffolholz and Dr. Nieves to conservatively treat teeth surgically.  Performing apicoectomies with these specialized technologies and techniques increases patient healing outcomes by 30% compared to previous means of apical surgery

Call Fort Worth Office Phone Number Fort Worth Endodontics Phone Number 817-735-1981 with any questions or to schedule your appointment.

For more information about apicoectomy or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Loeffelholz or Dr. Nieves, call our office in Fort Worth, TX at Fort Worth Endodontics Phone Number 817-735-1981.