In most cases, our team at Premier Endodontics can save your tooth from the threat of extraction and fully restore its health with a root canal procedure. However, there are some instances where this procedure may not be enough to treat the pain and damage you’re experiencing. That’s when Dr. Joseph Creasy will recommend endodontic surgery, which can locate certain areas in the tooth or subtle injuries like fractures that may not have been found with X-rays. We can also repair the surrounding bone to ensure full comfort and revitalization for the patient. An apicoectomy (also known as root-end resection) is the most common type of endodontic surgery our Fort Worth, TX practice provides. Contact us today if you have any questions, or if your general doctor has referred you to us for an appointment.

How does an apicoectomy work?

During the procedure, Dr. Creasy will make a slight incision in your gums so that our team can safely lift them from the teeth and bone. Then, we will remove infected tissues and locate any fractures or cracks; a special dye might need to be used so that our team is confident about our findings. Finally, the end of the tooth’s canal will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed before the tissue is precisely stitched back into its rightful place. The bone should naturally heal over the treated root, restoring needed function to your smile. If our team locates a significant break in the tooth during this procedure, we will stop there and plan alternative care with the patient.

Patients will most likely experience some slight discomfort or swelling while the incision site heals. Our team is happy to recommend pain recommendation in these situations to increase comfort levels. Patients shouldn’t lift the area in an attempt to examine it or eat particularly hard foods. Visit this page for more instructions on how to best maintain your results after endodontic surgery is completed.