Here at Steven M. Stern, DDS, PC, we understand the challenges that go along with endodontic treatment and are skilled in providing other services that address problems resulting from more complex issues.
Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth, which have injured pulp, from extraction; occasionally, this procedure will not be sufficient, and your endodontist may recommend surgery.
Endodontic surgery may be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on X-rays but manifest in pain in the tooth. This procedure may also be used to treat damage to the root surfaces or the surrounding bone.
Apicoectomy or root-end resection is the most common surgery performed to save damaged teeth.
An apicoectomy is a simple procedure in which an incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. Any damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A filling is placed at the root-end to prevent reinfection, and the gum is sutured. The bone then heals around the root over a period of months, and full function of the mouth is restored.
After the procedure, you can expect some slight swelling while the incision heals. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, call our office right away.
If you have any questions about an apicoectomy or other endodontic treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (716) 688-9639 or (716) 652-5229.