Apicoectomy (Endodontic surgery)

Why do I need endodontic surgery?

Occasionally, a nonsurgical root canal procedure alone cannot save your tooth. Your endodontist will then recommend endodontic surgery.

Endodontic surgery can be used to locate small fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on X-rays, but which may be a source of pain. Surgery can also be used to treat damaged root surfaces and surrounding bone.

The video on the right demonstrates this simple technique. An incision is made in the gum to expose the bone and the inflamed tissue. Any damaged tissue is removed, as is the infected tip of the root. A special filling is then placed in the end of the root to prevent further infection. The gum is sutured and the bone heals naturally around the root over a period of several months.

While the gums are healing, it is normal to experience some pain or slight swelling. Medication will be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort. If the pain persists, please contact CESL immediately.