The mouth can be a sensitive place so it becomes incredibly important that we take the best care of our oral health as possible. Good oral health helps our overall health, which is why brushing, flossing, using a mouth rinse and visiting a dentist regularly for checkups and routine cleanings is so important. But those are not the only reasons to visit your dentist. If you experience any sudden symptoms, pain or discomfort, then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist right away, especially if this occurs after a particular procedure. If you feel any discomfort or pain following a root canal therapy or endodontic retreatment, then schedule an appointment with our Midwood Brooklyn oral surgeon, Marc B. Hertz, DDS, PC, right away.
If you experience the symptoms that preceded your root canal therapy or endodontic retreatment, then you may still be experiencing an infection or inflammation at the site of surgery. Sometimes, these surgical procedures do not take and may not completely stop the spreading of the infection or inflammation that required the surgery in the first place. In the event that this occurs, then you may need an apicoectomy. If you experience this discomfort following root canal therapy or endodontic retreatment, then schedule an appointment with our Midwood Brooklyn oral surgeon as soon as possible. Marc B. Hertz, DDS, PC will see you as soon as he can and perform the apicoectomy. An apicoectomy is also known as root end resection surgery, and is intended to remove areas of infection from the root tip and surrounding tissue of the area in question. The damaged tissue is removed along with the tip of the root. Dr. Hertz will then fill the cavity made by this removal to prevent further re-infection and suture the gums where the incision was made.
You may experience some discomfort following the procedure but the bone will take a few months before it heals fully and naturally around the root and restore full function to the tooth. Marc B. Hertz, DDS, PC will prescribe you a pain medication as needed to deal with any discomfort following the procedure, but your mouth should now be infection free and pain free. Visit our Midwood Brooklyn oral surgeon and alleviate your pain today.