Apicoectomy Uptown Dallas TX

Why Would I Need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

What is an Apicoectomy?

Apicoectomy Video and Overview

The video on the right illustrates this simple procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.

Apicoectomy Images

Please refer to the images below for a visual overview of the apicoectomy, or root-end resection, procedure. If you have any questions, please discuss them at your consultation with your doctor or call our office: 214-826-2364.

Illustration showing infected tissue at tooth's root
1. Infected Tissue
Illustration showing infected tissue removal from tooth root area
2. Tissue Removed
Illustration showing suture placed in gum and root-end filling
3. Suture Placed
Illustration showing healed gum, tooth and bone
4. Healing Complete

Post Apicoectomy Recovery Information

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office: 214-826-2364.