If you have an infected tooth that has not been successfully treated through root canal treatment or retreatment, our dentist may recommend an apicoectomy to remove the infected root tip. For more information about receiving an apicoectomy in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, contact Apex Dental Care at 215-996-9968 and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Gary Shmurak.
In most cases, once your tooth has undergone root canal therapy, it will last for the rest of your life and will not require further endodontic treatment. In certain situations, however, the tooth may not heal properly or may develop a new infection. When this occurs, we may recommend an endodontic treatment known as an apicoectomy, or endodontic surgery. An apicoectomy involves removing the apex of the tooth, or the very tip of the tooth root. The tooth root is the part of the tooth that extends into your jawbone to hold the tooth in place. Each tooth has at least one root, and some have multiple. If the end of the tooth root becomes inflamed or infected, our dentist may recommend apicoectomy.
An apicoectomy involves making a small incision in your gum tissues near the tooth in order to see the underlying bone. We can then remove the infected tissues, as well as the very end of the root tip. We place a small filling to seal the end of the root canal, and a few stitches may be needed to help your gum tissues heal. Over the next few months, your bone will heal around the end of the tooth root.
If you have a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy in the past but is causing pain once again, you may need an apicoectomy. Please call or visit our Chalfont, PA dental office today to learn more and to schedule your appointment. We are dedicated to improving your dental health and relieving your pain.