Endodontic surgery can serve a variety of purposes, such as:
Our doctors will be happy to discuss the specific type of surgery your tooth requires.
Apicoectomy, also called root end resection, is the most commonly performed endodontic surgery procedure. An apicoectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove infection from the root tip and the surrounding tissue. It is required when infection and inflammation persist after endodontic (root canal) therapy or endodontic retreatment therapy.
During apicoectomy, the gum tissue near the tooth is opened so that the underlying bone can be seen and inflamed and infected tissue can be removed. The end of the root tip is removed, as well. A root-end filling is placed and the gum is then sutured. Providing the area remains free of infection and inflammation, the bone heals naturally around the root.
This procedure consists of removal of one half of the tooth. The remaining half is then restored as a one-rooted tooth. This tooth is usually anchored or attached to an adjacent tooth for additional stability and support.
In root amputation, one root of a multi-rooted tooth is removed.