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Apicoectomy

Apicoectomy

An Apicoectomy is a minor surgical procedure used to treat a tooth that has had a failed root canal (endodontic procedure) remove or shave away a part of the apical portion of the root (the tip) of diseased tissue below the gumline and reseal the canal with a filling.

Your teeth are held in place by roots that extend into the jawbone. The tip or end of each root is called the apex. Nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth through the apex.

During root canal treatment, inflamed or infected nerve tissue is cleaned from the roots of a tooth. If a root canal procedure fails and infection develops, it’s often because of a problem near the apex of the root. Patients may develop pain, swelling (pimple) on the gums at the tip of the root. If left untreated, infection can spread, an abscess may develop and the problem tooth may require extraction.

Dr. Calat can perform an apicoectomy in our Midtown Manhattan Office to fix this problem so the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. An apicoectomy, is a minor surgical procedure during which the root tip of the infected tooth is removed along with the infected tissue. A filling is then placed to seal the end of the root. Another advantage of the apicoectomy, is that the crown on the tooth does not need to be replaced. This can be a large savings, to the patient. The apicoectomy procedure can be comfortably performed with IV sedation, general anesthesia or local anesthesia.

If you have questions about apicoectomy oral surgery in New York contact a NYC Oral Surgeon today.
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