What is an apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy is a procedure that saves a failed root canal and restores bone integrity.
It involves surgical removal of the root of the tooth, along with any adjoining infected tissue. Once the removal is done, the cavity left by the abscess is irrigated with water and cleaned. A sealant is then placed near the remaining root structure of the tooth. Generally, procedures like these are performed with either IV sedation or local anesthesia.
At Clear Choice Dental, we perform a ‘guided bone regeneration’, or bone graft, in the abscess that have been left by the failed root canal. The main advantage with bone grafting is that in case the tooth needs to be removed, there is ample bone below that can facilitate a dental implant later.
An apicocectomy is the most common treatment for a failed root canal. Others problems like fractured roots are normally managed by either extraction or replacement of the tooth with dental implants.
In case you are suffering from a failed root canal, our dentists will be able to advise you regarding the different options that are available to you and will suggest the one that suits you best. You may be referred to endodontist who will give a second opinion regarding the condition of your tooth.