What do you need to know about an apicoectomy?
Apicoectomy: What to Know Before and After. An apicoectomy is a straightforward, minor surgical procedure that’s done on children and adults as a way to save at-risk teeth and prevent potentially serious complications. An apicoectomy is also known as root end surgery. This is because it involves the removal of a tooth’s root tip
Why is an apicoectomy called an endodontic microsurgery?
An apicoectomy is sometimes called endodontic microsurgery because the procedure is done under an operating microscope. If a root canal becomes infected again after a root canal has been done, it’s often because of a problem near the apex of the root. Your dentist can do an apicoectomy to fix the problem so the tooth doesn’t need to be extracte d.
Is the apicoectomy more painful than a root canal?
Is it painful? An apicoectomy can be more invasive than a typical root canal surgery, meaning the recovery time is usually more painful. Patients will receive local anesthesia during an apicoectomy to help prevent any pain. Minor discomfort and swelling are normal after the procedure.
When do you need a bone graft after an apicoectomy?
For most people, this marks the end of the apicoectomy. But some extreme cases may require bone grafting. Grafts are meant for cases in which the surrounding bone is significantly damaged to the point that it needs to regrow for ideal tooth and gum health. Apicoectomies are surprisingly quick and comfortable.
What can I take for pain after apicoectomy?
Any pain usually can be controlled with over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofem (Advil, Motrin and others) or prescription medication. To allow for healing, you should avoid brushing the area, rinsing vigorously, smoking or eating crunchy or hard foods.