Apicoectomy Treatment Perth | Apicoectomy
Your teeth can develop decay from poor hygiene and dental trauma. If left untreated, this will advance into inflammation, infection or an abscess near the apex of the tooth’s root. The major purpose of a root canal filling is to seal off the source of the infection and allow the healing process for the abscess or infection to begin. However, there are cases where the root canal treatment fails due to a variety of reasons. If the root canal is compromised, an apicoectomy is employed to get things back on track.
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.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.