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APICOECTOMY

You have just had surgery on the root end of your tooth. 

Apicoectomy Home Care

Removal of cyst and root tip

 

 

 

 

Root tip is sealed

Crown is placed to protect the tooth

 

Infected tissue is removed at root tip

     Even if a root canal fails, there are options available.  In many cases, the root canal can be retreated.  If this is not possible, a procedure called an apicoectomy can be preformed.  An apicoectomy involves having the tip of the root surgically removed and then placing a filling over the severed root tip. 

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

     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
 

     To learn how to care for your dental health after having an apiocectomy performed we recommend you read Apicoectomy Care.

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February 06, 2008

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