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When A Root Canal Treatment Isn’t Enough

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At Smiles for Health, we understand that root canal treatment is often the best solution for saving a tooth that has been damaged or infected. However, in some cases, a traditional root canal may not be enough to completely resolve the problem. That’s where apicoectomy comes in—an advanced dental procedure that can effectively treat persistent issues in the root of a tooth.

What is Apicoectomy?

Apicoectomy, also known as root-end resection, is a surgical procedure performed when a previous root canal treatment has not completely resolved the infection or if there are complications within the root of the tooth. It involves removing the infected or damaged tip of the tooth’s root, along with any surrounding infected tissue. The area is then cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection.

The need for an apicoectomy may arise due to several reasons, such as complex root canal anatomy, the presence of a persistent infection, or the presence of a fractured root. If left untreated, these issues can lead to persistent pain, swelling, and even the loss of the tooth.

What to expect during the procedure?

The apicoectomy procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort throughout the process. Our skilled dental professionals use specialized instruments and magnification techniques to access and treat the affected area with precision. Once the procedure is complete, the gum tissue is sutured back into place, and you will be provided with post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing.

While apicoectomy is a surgical procedure, the recovery period is generally well-tolerated, and any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by our dental team to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Benefits of Apicoectomy

Apicoectomy offers several benefits, including the ability to save a tooth that may otherwise require extraction. By addressing persistent issues within the root of the tooth, it helps to restore oral health and prevent further complications. Additionally, the procedure can alleviate pain and discomfort, allowing you to regain normal function and enjoy a healthy smile.

If you have undergone a root canal treatment that has not resolved your dental issues or if you are experiencing persistent symptoms, apicoectomy may be the solution you need. Our experienced team at Smiles for Health is skilled in performing this advanced dental procedure with precision and care. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how apicoectomy can help preserve your natural smile.

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