Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. 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.

1. Infected Tissue

2. Tissue Removed

3. Suture Placed

4. Healing Complete

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 our office.

Valley Endodontics, PC

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I felt like all staff were glad I was a patient there. Dr.Dwan was polite, friendly and skilled.

- Chris M

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Made such a great impression on a first time w/ this procedure. Put to rest any fears based on bad stories, and delivered pain free every time, for my situation.

- Matt T

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Dr and staff were excellent no other way of saying it other than excellent

- dennis c

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Having known Dr. Dwan most of my life I had no doubt he would be very professional and highly skilled in performing the oral surgery I required.

- Julie T

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