Endodontic
Microsurgery

Endodontic microsurgery may be the best treatment option if a previously root canal treated tooth exhibits signs or symptoms of persistent or recurrent infection.

Endodontic Microsurgery

What is endodontic microsurgery?

It’s possible that a nonsurgical root canal procedure won’t be enough to save your tooth and that your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate small fractures or hidden canals previously undetected on X-rays during the initial treatment. Surgery may also be needed to remove calcium deposits in root canals, or to treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth.

There are many surgical procedures that can be performed to save a tooth. The most common is called an apicoectomy, or root-end resection, which may be needed when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure.

Your endodontist performs this micro surgical procedure first making you comfortable by applying local anesthesia before opening the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and to remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The very end of the root is also removed. A small filling may be placed to seal the end of the root canal and a few stitches or sutures are placed to help the tissue heal. In the next few months, the bone will heal around the end of the root. Most patients return to their normal activities the next day. Post-surgical discomfort is generally mild.

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Are you a good candidate for endodontic microsurgery?

Endodontic microsurgery might be an option if you have had a root canal in the past, but the infection has persisted after treatment, or even after multiple endodontic retreatments.

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