When you get root canal treatment, it is going to be succeeding the vast majority of the time, typically over 90%. Here at Ramapo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, though, we can repair and correct a root canal that has gone wrong. For a variety of reasons, and even if the root canal was done expertly and with no problems, you can develop a new infection in the root tip. And when that happens, turn to our Bergen best oral surgeon for an apicoectomy.
Also called a root end resection, an apicoectomy is often the best option to save the tooth so that it will not have to be removed. There are two methods used to treat a failed root canal. One is called endodontic retreatment. It is, as the name might indicate, a re-do of the original root canal. Our Bergen best oral surgeon will determine if an apicoectomy is right for your situation. It is a surgical procedure in which the infected tissue is removed. First, you will be numbed with local anesthesia, so that you are as comfortable as possible. Your gums will be cut open by our Bergen best oral surgeon. The infected bone tissue will be located and removed, along with the root tip. A special filling will then be put in to prevent any further infection. Then your gums will be sutured closed. Some swelling and discomfort afterward is normal. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as necessary. The bone will heal over the course of a few months.
An apicoectomy is a beneficial way to keep your injured tooth, so that its health is restored. Losing a tooth carries with it a lot of drawbacks. This includes cosmetic as well as practical concerns. You don’t want your other teeth shifting, not to have a visible gap. And while full-tooth restorations are available, it is aways preferable, and cheaper, to keep your own. Call our office when you have pain in a tooth that has undergone root canal.