Occasionally, a nonsurgical root canal procedure is not enough to save your tooth and endodontic surgery may be needed. Endodontic surgery is used to locate small fractures or hidden canals that could go undetected on x-rays during previous treatment. Surgery may also be needed to gain access to calcified canals, treat damaged root surfaces or remove infected bone.
The most common endodontic surgical procedure is called an apicoectomy. This treatment is needed when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure. During this surgery, we remove diseased tissue and then prepare and seal the root tip. This is performed comfortably in our office under local anesthesia with most patients returning to their normal activities the next day.
Root canal treatment can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile.
Sometimes new problems can jeopardize a tooth and retreatment may be needed.
When a nonsurgical root canal procedure alone cannot save your tooth, surgery may be needed.