An apicoectomy is a surgical procedure done to remove an infection of the tooth’s root and replace it with a dental filling to prevent any further infection.
Root canal therapy is usually the first option for the treatment of an infection of the pulp in the root of a tooth and it is successful in most cases. Apicoectomy is done if root canal has failed or it is not seen as the best option.
A pulp infection will produce a raised area on the gum that may be painful. See your dentist for an evaluation.
Your dentist will be able to determine an infection through examination and xrays.
After numbing the area your dentist will surgically remove the affected tissue and the tip of the tooth’s root. Some of the bone may need to be replaced and a rootend filling will prevent reinfection. Your dentist will use stitches to close the incision.
Your dentist may prescribe a mild pain medication while you recover. The healing process will take several days after which your dentist will remove your stitches.