What is an apicoectomy?
The goal of a root canal is to fully remove the infection from the tooth; however, the tooth's roots have many small branches where bacteria may hide or cause further damage. If a tooth becomes infected again after a root canal has been performed, our team in Storrs, CT may recommend an apicoectomy. An effective solution, an apicoectomy removes the infected tissue around the tooth's root, as well as the infected tip or tips. Also known as endodontic microsurgery or root-end resection, an apicoectomy may save the visible area of your tooth to avoid disturbing a crown or bridge. After one or more root canals, contact Storrs Endodontics and Periodontics to try a better solution through an apicoectomy.
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How is Apicoectomy performed?
Prior to starting any treatment, our team will assess your oral health and then discuss your choices before selecting an apicoectomy. To begin the procedure, local anesthesia will be administered. Sedation methods may be used, depending on the complexity of the treatment or if you have dental fears or anxieties. We will begin by making an incision in your gums to reveal the tooth's root. Any infected tips and surrounding tissue will be removed before the remaining tooth is thoroughly cleaned. To make sure all the infected areas are treated, a special dye can highlight tooth cracks. When the tooth canal is cleaned and sealed, we will close the incision in your gums using sutures. Directly following your procedure, our team will discuss aftercare instructions with you and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress.
Relief with an Apicoectomy
If your tooth gets reinfected after you've had one or several root canals, an apicoectomy at Storrs Endodontics and Periodontics can be a good solution. An apicoectomy removes the infection from the tips of the tooth root without affecting dental restorations (crowns and bridges). For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation, contact our office in Storrs, CT.