An apicectomy is a treatment performed when the tip of the root of a tooth becomes infected.
It is a minor surgical procedure and is pain free.
The tip of the root of the tooth is removed and the canal of the tooth is sealed to prevent bacteria from entering the canal and causing infection.
An apicectomy is often required after a root canal treatment.
While the root canal treatment is used to clean out the inside of the tooth, an apicectomy may follow if infection persists.
What is the Apicectomy Procedure?
Prior to the treatment, a consultation is scheduled with your local endodontist or oral surgeon.
During the consultation you have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you wish and X-rays may be taken so the endodontist or surgeon can get a better look at your tooth.
During treatment, the patient is usually put under a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gums.
Firstly, an incision is made in the gum tissue surrounding the tip of the tooth so that it can be raised.
Once the gum is raised, the infection is then cleaned out. The infected tip of the tooth is cut off and re-covered. Finally, the gum tissue is stitched back in place to allow for healing to occur.
The length of the procedure depends on the complexity of your tooth but generally it lasts between 30-90 minutes.