Usually, a root canal procedure is enough to relieve the pain caused by tooth decay or an abscess, but sometimes the infection has spread too far for a simple root canal to reach. In these cases, the team at Lakeside Endodontics in Succasunna and Parsippany, New Jersey, provide a simple surgery called an apicoectomy to remove further infected gum tissue. These skilled endodontists can perform an apicoectomy on short notice to accommodate the most severe of dental pain. For more information, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
When the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, the most common solution is a root canal procedure. Usually, this is all that is needed to clear the infection and get you on the road to recovery.
Sometimes, however, the infection has spread from the root of your tooth to the gum above or below it, and will fester in the soft tissue of your gums and jaw. In this case, a simple surgery called an apicoectomy, also known as a root-end filling or root resection, may be necessary to ensure that the entirety of the infection is removed so your mouth can begin to heal.
First, your endodontist at Lakeside Endodontics makes a small incision in your gum just above or below the infected tooth to expose the bone and infected tissue. The damaged tissue and infected root end are then removed, along with any infected material. This can include tooth pulp, gum tissue, and the adjacent bone as well.
Once the infection is cleaned out, you receive a root-end filling. This is made of a material similar to most dental fillings and is attached to the root of the tooth, where it’s affixed to your jawbone. This serves to seal up both ends of the tooth, protecting it from future infection.
You’ll then be sutured up, and over time the bone heals around the root-end filling, ensuring you keep the tooth.
Your endodontist will probably want to follow up with you to make sure the infection is completely healed, but as an aggressive option, apicoectomies tend to be a reliable solution to wiping out infection.
In the days immediately following your surgery, you’ll likely experience some swelling and discomfort around the affected tooth. This should pass within several days as the suture heals, but call your dentist if it persists too much longer. You’ll also probably receive medication for the short-term pain, and combined with cold compresses, this should help you through the recovery process.
If you’re interested in learning more about apicoectomies or would like to schedule an appointment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.