Occasionally, you might need to go beyond a root canal to save a tooth with infected pulp. Apicoectomy is a surgical procedure, also known as endodontic surgery, that may be right for you! Ballantyne Endodontics is proud to offer your apicoectomy in Charlotte, NC.

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. Apicoectomy or 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 Procedure?

The below diagram 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.

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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.

Ballantyne Endodontics has advanced apicoectomy surgery skills.

All of the endodontists at Ballantyne Endodontics are highly trained and able to perform your
apicoectomy in Charlotte, NC (endodontic surgery) with confidence and care. Dr. Tanya Reiter in particular specializes in endodontic surgery.

Please call us to schedule your initial consultation today.