Apicoectomy, Paramus NJ

Why would I need an apicoectomy?

In most cases, a root canal is all that is required to prevent extraction of teeth with damaged pulp. Occasionally, this non-surgical treatment won’t be enough to repair the tooth, in which case Dr. Shnayder will advise surgery. Oral surgery is a tool that may be used to find fractures or hidden canals that do not show up on x-rays but nevertheless cause tooth discomfort. This method may also be used to treat bone around the affected roots or damaged root surfaces. Apicoectomy, also known as root-end excision, is the most frequent procedure performed to salvage injured teeth.

What is an apicoectomy?

This easy process is shown in the video up above. To reveal the bone and surrounding inflammatory tissue, a cut is made in the gum tissue. The diseased tissue and the tip of the root are both removed. The gum is stitched after a root-end filling is put in to stop the root from becoming infected again. Over many months, the bone surrounding the root gradually heals, regaining full functionality.

What should I expect after an apicoectomy?

While the incision heals, there can be a little pain or mild swelling after the treatment. For any surgical operation, this is typical. A suitable painkiller will be advised in order to ease any discomfort. Please give our office a call if your pain is unresponsive to medicines.