Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

What is an Apicoectomy?

The video on the right illustrates this simple procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured.  A bone graft and membrane may be placed as part of the procedure.  The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.

1. Infected Tissue

2. Tissue Removed

3. Suture Placed

4. Healing Complete

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. Depending on the specific nature of your procedure an antibiotic may be recommended.  In many cases, an antimicrobial mouth rinse will be provided for use for a few days following treatment.  If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.  


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I can’t say enough good thing about Dr. Jansson and his team!! I went in for a previous root canal therapy. Dr. Jansson ended up doing Apicoectomy which I was extremely nervous about. He explained the whole procedure to me and help calm my nerves. They are all amazing,knowledgeable, kind and friendly. I would recommend dr. Jansson and his team to anybody that needs a root canal therapy.

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Dr. Jansson made me feel comfortable and stopped during the procedure to ask if I was doing ok and to reassure me all was going well. I certainly appreciated that as I have spent many years in the dental chair - with not always good results. He and his staff answered any questions I had and I would definitely recommend him.

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