XXX When this is the case, a more advanced procedure will be necessary to eliminate the infection and save the tooth. Root end surgery is often the next step.


What Is an Apicoectomy (Root End Surgery)?

An apicoectomy (also known as root end surgery) is a procedure in which a dentist removes the infection from the root end of a tooth, as well as the nearby tissue. If the apex of a tooth isn’t able to be reached during a root canal or a root canal procedure fails, then a root end surgery may be required.

The good news is root end surgery procedures have a 97 percent success rate up to 5 years after the procedure and a 75 percent rate of success after 10 years. An apicoectomy is a very effective and reliable treatment option.


The Root End Surgery Process

Root end surgery starts with a trip to the dentist once you notice discomfort and pain after a root canal procedure. The dentist will look at the tooth and do a thorough examination to see if the infection has returned and what can be done to resolve it. From there, they will determine if you require an apicoectomy or not to remove the infection.

If your dentist determines you will need a root end surgery, they will schedule an appointment for the procedure. Once the dentist begins the procedure itself, they will use local anesthesia to lower the amount of discomfort you feel and eliminate the pain. You may still feel pressure, though. The dentist will then make an incision in your gum where the infected tooth is located. Bone will be removed so your dentist can access the root. The dentist will then drill into the tooth and eliminate the infection. After this, a filling will be used to seal the tooth. Stitches will be used on the gum so the gum and bone can properly heal. This healing process will happen over a few months.

You should expect some pain and discomfort after the procedure, as the gum, bone, and tooth begin to heal. This is normal. You will also notice swelling. Once you’ve given the healing process a few days, you’ll be able to eat normally. After around a week or so, your dentist will have you in to remove the stitches.

In order to ensure a speedy recovery, be extra careful when brushing and flossing around the area where the surgery was performed. If you have been given antibiotics after the procedure, take all of them as prescribed. Make sure you follow the aftercare instructions your dentist gives you perfectly.

Likely you will only be given local anesthesia for this type of procedure, so you won’t need a ride home. With that said, check with your dentist just in case.

If you have any other questions about root end surgery, contact Kelly Road Dental today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns.


Preventing an Apicoectomy

There are a few things that can be done to avoid an apicoectomy. One easy thing you can do is schedule an appointment with Kelly Road Dental every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During this appointment, your dentist will be able to see if you have any tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues that need to be addressed. They can also perform a professional cleaning to remove the tartar from your teeth.

If they find that you have a cavity, then you can set an appointment to come back and have the decay removed and a filling placed. If you catch the decay early enough, you can avoid infection and, in turn, avoid a root canal. This also means you won’t need to worry about root end surgery.

Preventative oral healthcare is extremely important to ensure your ongoing oral health. Brush, floss, and rinse twice a day, every day. This will fight bacteria, remove tartar, and keep your teeth and gums strong.

The best thing you can do to protect your roots is take good care of your health!


Cost of Root End Surgery

There are a few factors that go into the cost of root end surgery. One thing you’ll need to consider is your level of insurance coverage. Speak with your insurance provider to see if root end surgery is covered. If not, you’ll need to pay out of pocket. While the costs will vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the practice, root end surgery generally costs around $900 to $1,300 without insurance.

To learn more about the cost of root end surgery, contact Kelly Road Dental. We can provide you with more specific information about the cost.


Are There Other Options?

The only real alternative to root end surgery is tooth extraction. This is not a good alternative and should be avoided if possible.

Sure, having a tooth pulled will be the cheaper option in the short term.  In the long run, though, that missing tooth is going to cost you a lot of money. Once you’ve had your tooth extracted, you’ll need to have it replaced. This means a prosthetic like an implant. These replacements can cost a significant amount of money. If you choose to not have the tooth replaced, the surrounding teeth will likely shift over time and cause damage to each other. This will lead to more trips to the dentist—which means more money.

It’s best to keep the tooth you have and have it repaired with root end surgery.


Reach Out Today!

If you have had a root canal previously and you are experiencing pain and discomfort, contact Kelly Road Dental. We’ll set an appointment with you for as soon as possible so a dentist can take a look and determine if you need root end surgery.