What is an Apicoectomy
The video on the right illustrates this simple procedure.
An apicoectomy may be indicated when a previously root canal treated tooth becomes reinfected and the position of the tooth root is easily accessible with jeopardizing other important structures in the mouth. Typically, an incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue of the infected tooth. Dr. Noraian will remove the damaged tissue along with the end of the root tip. If the root tip is not sealed to prevent infection, a root-end filling may be placed, a human donor bone graft may be placed with a barrier, and the gum is sutured. Over time, the bone heals around the root restoring full function.
Following the procedure while the incision heals, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling which is common for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, Dr. Noraian will recommend an appropriate pain medication and an antibiotic. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.