An Apicoectomy is a surgical procedure that attempts to remove infection usually the result of a:
Sometimes even after root-canal treatment infected debris can remain in these branches and possible prevent healing or cause re-infection later.
During the procedure our oral surgeons will lift the gum away from the tooth so the root is easily accessible. The infected tissue is removed along with the last few millimeters of the root tip. To complete the apicoectomy, 3 to 4 millimeters of the tooth's canal are cleaned and filled. An X-ray of the area is taken before suturing the tissue back into place.
If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms, such as pain or swelling associated with a tooth that has had a root canal, we encourage you to contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment.