Apicoectomy in Palm Desert
Sometimes an infection inside a tooth is not resolved with root canal therapy. The remaining infection reaches the end of the root and starts to infiltrate the jawbone. In these cases, Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung recommend root end surgery for their patients in the Palm Desert area. The procedure aims to remove the remaining infection to reduce inflammation and allow your tooth to heal.
What Is an Apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy is a minor oral surgery that targets infection that remains after root canal therapy. The goal of the procedure is to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Apicoectomy surgery also protects teeth that are next to the infected tooth.
Why a Root Canal May Not Be Enough and You Need an Apicoectomy
Root canal treatment is a safe and effective treatment that removes the infected pulp from inside your tooth. Unfortunately, sometimes the infection is so advanced that it reaches the lower part of the root. From there, the infection has access to your jawbone. An apicoectomy removes any remaining bacteria and infection that cannot be remedied with a root canal or that developed after the root canal procedure.
Why Do You Need an Apicoectomy?
Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung strive to help you save your natural teeth. To this end, they often recommend treatments that address the problem without extracting the entire tooth. Root canals are the most common solution that they recommend, and an apicoectomy furthers the goal of saving your tooth.
What Is the Procedure for an Apicoectomy?
The area around the tooth is numbed with topical and injectable anesthesia. A light sedative may also be administered to help you relax. An incision is made in the gums around the tooth to allow access to the root. Any portion of the root and gums that is infected is removed. The inside of your tooth is also cleaned. The tooth is sealed with a filling, and the incision is closed with sutures.
What to Expect After an Apicoectomy
Mild discomfort is normal after an apicoectomy, and you can use a non-prescription pain medication. Make sure to keep the incision site clean, and follow all of the after-care instructions that we provide. We schedule a follow-up appointment within two weeks of the procedure. If you have any unusual symptoms, call Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Endodontics right away to schedule an appointment.