Our teeth are held into place by roots that extend into our jawbone. An apicoectomy, also known as root end surgery, might be necessary if an infection develops or continues after a root canal. If your dentist suggests this for you, it means your tooth cannot be saved by conventional root canal treatment. During the treatment, an incision is made in the gum near the tooth in order to remove any infected tissue then, the end of the root canal is sealed with a small filling. A few stitches are used to close the gum tissue and the bone heals around the end of the root over the next few months. The purpose is to preserve the function of your natural tooth.
If an apicoectomy has been recommended for you, please contact us so we may help.