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The Larry M Smith Center of Dental Health | Apicoectomy in Dayton, TN

The L M Smith Center For Dental Health PLLC
Larry M Smith, DDS, MAGD
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
(423) 775-1464
180 Walnut Grove Road
Dayton Tennessee, 37321

Apicoectomy (Endodontic Surgery)

AGD Member
 

An apicoectomy is performed after a tooth did not respond to root canal therapy. When an infection will not go away or returns after a root canal has been performed this procedure is usually necessary. Occassionally there are nerves that are untreatable, so it is difficult to ensure that all of the infection is removed during a root canal. During an apicoectomy, the tip of the root of the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling.

In most cases a second root canal is considered before an apicoectomy since it is a simpler, less invasive procedure. Before the apicoectomy begins you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. The doctor will start by making an incision in your gum to expose the root of your tooth. Any inflamed tissue will be removed to clean out the area. The surgery takes place in a very small area, and only a few millimeters are removed from the root. For this reason, the doctor will use magnification and small precision instruments to perform the surgery. The precise nature of the surgery gives it a high rate of success. After the root is removed a filling is placed in the end of the root, and the gums are sutured. Depending on the type of sutures you may need to return in a few days to have them removed, or dissolving sutures may be used instead. Over the course of the next few months the bone will heal around the root.

 
 
 
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