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Integrated Endodontics
Nestor M. Foronda, DMD

200 Pinewood Ln., Suite 200
Warrendale, PA 15086

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What is Endodontics?

Endodontic Surgery

Endodontic Surgery (Apicoectomy)

What is Apicoectomy? Endodontic surgery may become necessary in certain cases where a root canal alone cannot save a tooth with damaged pulp. This surgical procedure is recommended by endodontists when the tooth fails to heal through non-surgical means.

Endodontic surgery serves several purposes, such as identifying fractures or hidden canals that are not visible on X-rays but still cause tooth pain. It can also address damaged root surfaces or bone surrounding the tooth. The most common type of surgery used to save damaged teeth is called an apicoectomy, also known as a root-end resection.

Apicoectomy Procedure

  • An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose bone and inflamed tissue around the tooth
  • Removal of damaged tissue and root tip
  • Placement of root-end filling to prevent reinfection
  • Suturing of gum for natural healing of bone over several months, restoring full function.

It is normal to experience some discomfort or slight swelling after the procedure while the incision heals. Appropriate pain medication will be recommended to alleviate any discomfort associated with the surgical process.