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What is it

A dental surgical procedure that involves removing inflamed/diseased tissue from the root of a tooth in order to preserve the damaged tooth.

When is it needed / Risks of not getting it done

Sometimes infected tissue persists after having a root canal treatment and an apicoectomy is a procedure that is highly recommended in such cases. The procedure consists of locating fractures or hidden canals that are hidden in x-rays but are still cause pain in the patient's tooth. An apicoectomy is also used in treating damaged root surfaces or surrounding bone of a tooth.

How is it done

  1. First, the dentist makes a small incision into the gum tissue to expose the inflamed bone or tissue.
  2. Second, the damaged tissue and the root tip are removed by the dentist and are sealed with a composite filling material to avoid contamination of the root of the tooth.
  3. Lastly, the bone heals by itself naturally over the course of months, healing around the composite root filling. The tooth is restored to its full function.


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