A surgical procedure that must be carried out by a qualified dentist
In some cases, an infection that affects the root of a tooth may persist even after a root canal treatment. To limit the spread of this infection and to avoid having to extract the affected tooth, your dentist may suggest endodontic retreatment or an apicoetomy.
Apicoectomy is an endodontic surgery that aims to remove the apex of the infected tooth, in other words, the tip of the root. It is a minor surgery that our general dentists will take the time to explain to you in detail, in addition to offering you advice to help it run smoothly.
For an apicoectomy, you can trust the Groupe dentaire API’s team! We use technology such as dental operating microscopes that allow us to carry out our procedures accurately.
When Is Endodontic Surgery Necessary?
The purpose of an apicoectomy is to rid the tooth of the infection that is affecting it and then to seal its canals to prevent a relapse. Because an infection in a tooth’s root may cause sharp pain and spread, it is imperative to have it treated.
In addition, such a surgery aims to allow a tooth to keep fully its uses in mastication, elocution and the maintaining of oral balance. It is, in most cases, carried out as a final solution to save a tooth rather than extract it.
Steps of an Apicoectomy Procedure
This endodontic procedure is simple when carried out by a dentist with the necessary qualifications. Furthermore, it has a high success rate. It involves nonetheless of a few steps:
- The dentist may prescribe some antibiotics to fight the infection.
- An incision is made in the gum in front of the apex of the tooth that must be treated.
- The dentist perforates the bone to reach the apex.
- The dentist removes the apex.
- The gap is filled with material that biocompatible with human organisms.
- The wound in the gum is sutured.
that our team prepared.
Nonetheless, do not forget that only a dentist, a specialist in your oral health,
is able to make an accurate diagnosis, so book an appointment!