Trust Your Apicoectomy to an Expert
Sometimes root canals don’t work and there can be a variety of reasons for that. We need to do something to relieve the problem, clear the infection, and apicoectomy is one of those choices. You can kind of think of it as like an upside down root canal. Rather than going in through the biting surface of the tooth, we come in through the bone, work on the end of the root, and basically seal the root canal from the reverse end. Then your body is able to heal the bone in that area and you’re able to preserve the tooth.
Apicoectomies are kind of fun in an unusual sort of way, because it’s one, if not, maybe the only procedure in dentistry that’s done with your mouth closed for most of the procedures. You don’t end up with the tired jaw, the achy muscles from staying open doing dentistry. You are totally numb. The procedures to do an apicoectomy are so tiny that the little fillings in the ends of the roots are barely the size of a period in normal printed text. That is smaller than working on your ear bones. It is one of the most delicate and tiny procedures that there is. The amount of manipulations that are done are so tiny and the instruments are very precise. As a result, most of my patients use a little more than Tylenol or Advil after their procedures, during recovery, because of how well things are managed along the way.