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Apicoectomy - Root end surgery and how it can help you

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Weo Admin
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An apicoectomy is a form of endodontic therapy that is helpful for major or persistent tooth infections. Below we discuss this more in detail.

What is an apicoectomy?

It is an endodontic procedure that exposes the underlying root structure and the jawbone. This procedure is done to remove the infected soft tissues from the end of the tooth roots. It is also called root-end resection and retrograde root canal treatment.

Why it is performed

An apicoectomy is done after a failed root canal treatment. While most operations are successful, there is no chance of root canal surgeries being ineffective while removing the dental pulp from the tooth. In such cases, apicoectomy helps in saving a tooth from extraction. Diagnosis is done by dentists using X-rays and other advanced means.

The procedure

This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, taking 30 to 90 minutes. During the procedure, the gum is lifted to expose the infected area, after which an opening is made along the gum line to access the root and the bone structure. A microscope is then used to get details and the actual view of the root canal. Then the infected tissue is eventually removed by the dentist, the root tip is removed in this case. After this, a bone graft is placed to ensure better healing, and the area is then closed up.

What is the success rate of an apicoectomy surgery?

Due to the modern technology and the tools used today, the success rate has improved to around 90% compared to 50% in traditional surgery. It is hard for this procedure to fail, especially once an outcome has been predicted using radiography at the review. For more about this procedure, make sure to visit our team of trained professionals. They are eagerly waiting and looking forward to your appointment.

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