If you have a root canal that is showing signs of recurring infection, you may need endodontic microsurgery. Root canal treatments have a very high success rate, but like other dental procedures, infection, and inflammation can persist.
Root canal treatments are usually the primary and preferred treatment option for recurring infections; endodontic microsurgery has some advantages of its own. If we decide to perform endodontic surgery, we will schedule two appointments for you.
At first, we will conduct a consultation and perform the procedure during the second. Ahmed Matri, DDS will look into potential causes and how to fix them, and will work with you to determine which treatment option is best for you.
What is a Root Canal?
When the pulp (soft inner tissue of a tooth) becomes infected or inflamed, we may need to perform a root canal, which is a nonsurgical procedure. Dental trauma, multiple dental procedures on the same tooth, and severe decay can all cause infection or inflammation of the pulp.
An endodontic treatment will extract the damaged pulp, and then we’ll clean the canals of the tooth and replace the pulp with a filling material. In some severe cases, this is not enough, so we’ll need to employ surgery to save the tooth.
When is Endodontic Surgery Needed?
There are a variety of situations in which you’ll need endodontic surgery to save your tooth:
The Apicoectomy Procedure
Apicoectomies (also called root-end resections) is the most commonly performed form of endodontic surgery. After applying sufficient local anesthetic, we make a small cut near the gumline and temporarily move the gum tissue to access the infected area. We will remove the tip of the root, clean it with an ultrasonic device, and seal the canal with a root-end filling material.
Lastly, we will stitch the incision shut so the gum tissue can heal effectively. We will then schedule a follow-up appointment for you to remove the sutures and check the healing process.
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