What is an Apicoectomy?
Your dentist may suggest this endodontic procedure when he or she believes it will be the best option to save your natural tooth, which is called an Apicoectomy. When inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure, this procedure will be recommended. In this procedure, Dr. Guyette will open a small area of the gum tissue near the root of the tooth. He will be able to see the underlying bone and he will remove any of the tissue that is inflamed or infected. He will also remove the very end of the root. Dr. Guyette will then fill that area with a material to seal off the end of the canal and then he will place a few sutures in the gingiva to help the tissue heal properly. Over a period of several months, the bone will heal around the end of the root.
At your initial consultation with Dr. Guyette, he will need a current xray or CBCT scan. He will walk your through the options for saving your natural tooth. As with any surgery, there are not any guarantees, but Dr. Guyette will be able to give you as much information about the success of the surgery and what to expect with the procedure. He will help you make an informed decision about this tooth. Dr. Guyette will also discuss with you the anesthesia options that are available in our office.
After the procedure, you may have some discomfort and slight swelling. This is normal after any surgical procedure. Dr. Guyette will recommend appropriate pain medication to help. You will also be given specific post-operative instructions. Most patients can return to work the next day.
If you have any further questions about the procedure, anesthesia, or your recovery, please feel free to contact our office.
“On the night of my procedure, Dr. Guyette called me to see how I was feeling. I thought that was magnificent and it was greatly appreciated! I felt very cared for!” Gordon Stein