Sometimes, unfortunately, a traditional root canal treatment may not save a tooth. This is when oral surgery may be appropriate. One of the more common surgical procedures we perform is called an apicoectomy.
What is an Apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy, also called a root-end resection, is a procedure where we open the gum tissue near the tooth needing repair so we can view the underlying bone. This allows us to remove any inflamed or infected tissues. We also remove the very end, the apex, of the tooth’s root before placing a tiny filling in the root to seal the canal. The bone heals over time around the tooth’s roots. The recovery time is often short, and we use modern dental technology to help us be more precise and accurate before and during the procedure.
Is Another Option Available?
Removing the tooth completely is the only other option available. However, that may bring along its own dental issues, such as misalignment in biting and chewing, as well as an incomplete smile that would need dental crowns, implants, or bridges to complete.
Schedule an Appointment with Us for an Apicoectomy
Dental issues arising after a root canal treatment may need to be addressed with an apicoectomy procedure. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling or texting Brentwood Endodontics in Los Angeles at 310-207-3707. We serve patients throughout Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Bernardino Valley, Orange County, and all the surrounding communities.