Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?
Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save your tooth. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure may not be sufficient to heal the tooth and surgical intervention may be necessary. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.
What is an Apicoectomy?
The video on the right illustrates this simple procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.
For more information about Apicoectomy – Endodontic Surgery or to schedule a consultation at Parkside Endodontics, call our Sunset SF office at Sunset District Office Phone Number 415-566-6900 or call our Downtown San Francisco office at Pacific Heights Office Phone Number 415-528-7590.
Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call us — Downtown San Francisco office at Pacific Heights Office Phone Number 415-528-7590 or our Sunset District, San Francisco Office at Sunset District Office Phone Number 415-566-6900.