Apicoectomy – An Overview of Endodontic Surgery | Mobile AL

Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, root canal therapy is adequate to save a tooth with an injured pulp. However, on occasion, the non-surgical root canal procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth, and your endodontist may recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still cause 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 called an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

For more information about Apicoectomy or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morgan or Dr. Manolakis, call our office in Mobile, AL at Mobile Office Phone Number 251-342-3433.

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 infected 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.