An apicoectomy, also referred to as apical surgery or endodontic surgery, may be required when traditional root canal therapy is unable to remove all of the infected tissue around the root of the tooth. Infection or pain may persist due to tiny, untreated canals, root fractures, or apical cysts.
Check out the video below for a quick, yet thorough explanation of endodontic surgery (apicoectomy).
What happens after an apicoectomy?
Following the procedure, you may have some discomfort, however, this is normal and is usually controlled with over the counter pain medications. Depending on your individual needs, our board-certified endodontist may prescribe a stronger pain reliever along with antibiotics. Any stitches placed will dissolve in one to two weeks to allow the incisions to heal naturally.