Apicoectomy

In some instances, root canal therapy may not be successful in fully eliminating a dental infection. An apicoectomy is a procedure that removes the very tip of the tooth root as well as the source of bacteria. Also referred to as root-end resection, this treatment can be used to visualise canals or fractures that do not appear on x-rays. When performed using advanced techniques, this procedure boasts an impressive 94 percent success rate. Dr Zoud performs apicoectomies at the Wisdom Specialist Centre. He has the experience and skill necessary to deliver remarkable results so patients can preserve their oral health.

Benefits of Apicoectomy

When necessary, an apicoectomy offers a number of advantages. For example, root-end resection:

Offers a conservative solution:

Other treatments, such as root amputations, remove the entire tooth root. An apicoectomy only removes the apex – or the very tip – of the root. This allows Dr Zoud to preserve as much natural tissue as possible.

Is accurate and precise:

During root canal treatment, it can be difficult for your dentist to visualise the entire system of canals. With an apicoectomy, hard-to-see areas can be accessed directly.

Helps preserve oral health:

If left untreated, a tooth infection will ultimately end in an extraction. An apicoectomy eliminates infection and preserves your natural teeth and your restorations.

Apicoectomy Procedure: What to Expect

Knowing what to anticipate during your apicoectomy can help you enjoy a successful treatment and recovery. Here are the basic steps performed during a root-end resection:

Anaesthesia

Before beginning treatment, Dr Zoud administers local anaesthesia to numb the area. If desired, general anaesthesia options can be discussed prior to the day of surgery.

Incision

Once you are comfortable, a small incision is created in the gum tissue, near the affected tooth root. This allows access to the infected area and the surrounding bone.

Tissue removal

Next, Dr Zoud removes the very end of the affected tooth root as well as any infected tissue surrounding it.

Dental filling

Once the root has been removed and the area has been cleaned, the tooth is sealed with a small dental filling. This helps prevent re-contamination.

Stitches

Finally, the gum tissue is repositioned, and surgical sutures are placed to close the incisions.

Following treatment, you will be given a comprehensive list of post-operative instructions. It’s important that you follow these closely to promote healing and enjoy a successful recovery.

Alternative Treatments

There are a few other treatments that can address a dental infection. The procedure that’s right for you will depend on the extent of damage and the complexity of your case.

In some cases, the root may simply be repaired during surgery, eliminating the need for apicoectomy. If the infection affects a larger area, however, the entire root may need to be removed.

Sometimes a tooth is too damaged by infection to warrant an endodontic procedure. In these cases, extraction may be the best option. If a tooth is lost, Dr Zoud can discuss replacement options with you, such as a dental bridge or a dental implant.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you develop a dental infection, it’s important to have the issue assessed right away. Timely treatment can save your natural tooth and preserve your overall oral health. To schedule a consultation at the Wisdom Specialist Centre, contact us online or call us at 02 8021-2728.

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