While root canal is usually a successful procedure, the fact that there are multiple nerves that could contain bacteria means that it can be tricky to ensure that every trace of bacteria has been removed.
As such, there are some instances where an infection cannot be completely removed, or repeatedly returns despite our best efforts to clear it out. When this happens, Dr. Edwards may need to perform a procedure that is known as an apicoectomy.
An apicoectomy is always performed under a local anesthetic, and so you can be assured that you will not feel any pain.
An incision is placed into your gum to expose the root of your tooth. Any inflamed tissue can then be removed, clearing the area of bacteria. A few millimeters are removed from the root of the tooth, and the area is then sealed with a filling. The incision in the gum will be closed using either dissolvable sutures or sutures that you will need to return to have removed.
Most apicoectomies take between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the severity of the infection and the complexity of the root structure.
At Cosmetic and Natural Dentistry, we have the knowledge and experience to be able to perform exceptionally high-quality endodontic services and patient care. To find out more about how we can help to improve the health of your teeth, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly, reassuring team.