Apicoectomy

An Apicoectomy is an endodontic procedure that addresses the root tip of the tooth when a root canal is not successful. If you are experiencing pain in a tooth that had a previous root canal, or your dentist discovers a lesion that cannot be treated with conventional root canal treatment, an apicoectomy is a potential treatment option to restore and save your tooth.

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Apicoectomy Procedure in Westerville

An apicoectomy procedure is needed when the treated tooth develops an infection at the end of the root with one or more of the following conditions:

  • The treated tooth has a large post and conventional non-surgical retreatments can cause more damage to the tooth.
  • Size of the lesion is very large and non-surgical retreatments might not resolve it.
  • The tooth has been already retreated non-surgically with persistent lesion.  
  • Resorption exists at the end of the root and sealing it non-surgically might not be feasible.
  • One or more canals could not be located/instrumented non-surgically due to calcification.

Apicectomy is a procedure involving reflecting of a small section of gum to access the site of infection and the infected root. With the site exposed, Dr. Bahador can access the base of the root, remove the infected tissue, cut about 3mm of the base of the root, and fill it with a biocompatible material to prevent bacteria from returning. Minor discomfort is expected after the surgery as the tooth and gum heal. Depending on the condition of the infection, it can take up to 4 to 5 years for new tissue to grow back around the root. Usually after one year, signs of healing can be observed radiographically. Dr. Bahador will provide care for your tooth after treatment with follow up appointments to check your healing progress.

To learn more about the apicoectomy procedure or to schedule a consultation, contact our Westerville endodontic office. You can contact us by phone or request an appointment online.

Pure Endodontics in Westerville

Our endodontic specialty practice is located in Westerville and offers a full spectrum of endodontic care. Dr. Bahador is an endodontist who performs root canals, non-surgical retreatments, microsurgeries (apicoectomies), root resorption repair, post space preparation, internal bleaching, and care for traumatic dental injuries. He also offers regenerative endodontic care for immature teeth in younger patients and teeth with traumatic injuries.

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