When a tooth has undergone a root canal, you can expect that it will last a lifetime. However, in rare cases, a tooth may not heal or become infected. In instances like these, surgery may be the best option. Surgery allows us to examine the root of the tooth, isolate the problem and provide treatment to alleviate the pain and protect the tooth.
An apicoectomy is a minor surgery that removes the tip of the tooth’s root. This may be necessary if an infection continues after a root canal. The procedure itself involves first numbing the patient, then making a small incision through the gums surrounding the tooth. This allows us to access the underlying bone and infection. Usually, a small fragment of the end of the root is removed and a filling is placed to seal the remaining end. The procedure itself is painless and recovery is quick. Patients can expect to return to their normal activities by the next day.