Apicoectomy

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call our St. Louis office at St. Louis Office Phone Number (314) 842-4699 or our Festus, MO office at Festus Office Phone Number (636) 931-4699.

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?

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. Over a period of months the bone naturally heals around the root restoring full function.

infected tooth root
1. Infected Tissue
apicoectomy procedure
2. Tissue Removed
gums healed after apicoectomy
3. Suture Placed
bone healed after apicoectomy
4. Healing Complete

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.

For more information about Apicoectomy or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hribernik or Dr. Gray, call our St. Louis office at St. Louis Office Phone Number (314) 842-4699 or our Festus, MO office at Festus Office Phone Number (636) 931-4699, or use our Online Contact Form.

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