Sometimes , in order to save your tooth,
endodontic surgery is necessary.
This procedure is technical but very predictable and should be performed by an endodontist. Endodontists often utilize state-of-the-art technology such as dental operating microscopes, endodontic lasers, digital imaging/cone beam scans and ultrasonics.
Some of the possible reasons for needing
endodontic surgery include:
- Sometimes, if persistent symptoms exist but no problems appear on your x-ray, your tooth may have a tiny fracture or canal that could not be detected during nonsurgical treatment.
In such a case, endodontic surgery would be beneficial to alleviate the problem and perform the necessary treatment.
- Root canal calcification can block the canal or make the canals too narrow to negotiate and treat. In these cases, endodontic surgery is the most predictable means to save your tooth. Despite everyone’s best efforts, sometimes a tooth that has had an adequate root canal treatment fails to heal. In this situation the tooth may present a problem months or years after the original treatment. In this case endodontic surgery may be your best option to save your tooth.
- An apicoectomy is when your endodontist opens the gum tissue, exposes the underlying bone and removes the inflamed or infectious tissue. Usually, the affected root tip is removed and a root end filling is placed in the canal to seal the tooth.
Endodontic surgery always utilizes profound local anesthesia. Your comfort is our priority!
We offer several additional methods of sedation to add to your comfort level.
When endodontic surgery is recommended, it is because we believe that it is the best option to alleviate your symptoms and to save your tooth.