A traditional root canal provides access to the pulp, but some problems extend beyond this space and affect your roots. When this occurs, reaching the threat can require a form of treatment called root canal surgery. The most common surgery of this type is known as apicoectomy, or root-end resection. By performing this service, we can save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted in order to restore your oral health.
If we find that the procedure is needed, we can perform an apicoectomy to reach a root end and do work to restore your health. A small incision in the gum tissue gives access to the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. These tissues and the small root end are removed; after this is done, the remaining root receives a filling to prevent re-infection. After completing your care, the gum is sutured. The bone heals naturally over time, growing around the root over a period of months to a year and restores the tooth to function.
Your apicoectomy makes saving your tooth possible when a root canal will not be effective. Because you can arrange this service at our office, you can see to it that your health is restored without agreeing to have a tooth fully removed and replaced. This ultimately helps you enjoy more conservative care and reduces the overall work required to fully restore your oral health.
Through a form of root canal surgery known as apicoectomy, we can treat an infection at the root end and save your smile without extracting your vulnerable tooth! For more information, you can reach Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury at 508-842-8838.