When root canal fails you, all is not lost. Apicoectomies represent one of two methods that are used, depending on the situation, to address the situation and allow you to keep your natural tooth healthy and strong. At the office of Marc. B. Hertz, DDS, PC, apicoectomies are done as a specialty, permitting you to benefit from this surgical procedure that gives you a second chance to avoid a tooth extraction.
Why might a root canal be unsuccessful? Even under the best of circumstances, approximately 10% of them will result in a problem such as a secondary infection occurring. In some cases, the best course of action will be endodontic re-treatment, or essentially doing the root canal over again. In others, you will need the help of our oral surgeon in Brooklyn for an apicoectomy. The goal of the procedure is to remove the infection while retaining the integrity of the tooth. You will, of course, be sufficiently numbed beforehand with local anesthesia, so that you feel very little or even no pain at all. The gums over the tooth will have to be opened surgically. The infected tissue and the bone covering it are removed. So is the root tip. Then our oral surgeon in Brooklyn will put in a special filling to prevent the chance of any additional infection happening. Stitches are required to suture your gums shut. That’s all there is to it. You may experience some discomfort and swelling when the anesthesia wears off, but that is not unusual. With the help of over-the-counter pain medication and an ice pack held on the outside of your mouth, you should be fine. Healing of the bone will take several months to heal entirely.
Depend on our oral surgeon in Brooklyn for apicoectomies and other delicate procedures. Just contact our office to book an appointment.