Apicoectomy – Why is it Needed?

An endodontist in Boston specializes in root canal therapy. This dental procedure is required when the tooth’s pulp has become inflamed or infected. The goal of the procedure is to eliminate the infection (if applicable) and restore the tooth’s function. At Boston Endodontics, we often find that after root canal therapy, an infection develops or simply won’t go away. This is where an apicoectomy comes into play.

About the Apicoectomy Procedure

Also known as endodontic microsurgery, an apicoectomy is done using a microscope, which is used to look at the apex of a root. Oftentimes a second root canal treatment is considered before performing an apicoectomy. With cutting-edge dental technology, our dental team can detect root canals that may not have been treated properly the first time. When this happens, we can clear up the infection by doing a second root canal treatment or an apicoectomy.

During an apicoectomy, the endodontist makes a small incision in the gums to lift them away from the tooth and bone. A drill is then used to access the root. Once accessed, the infected tissue is removed with a small portion of the root tip. From there, a dye is used to highlight any breaks or cracks in the tooth. If there are large ones, the tooth may need to be extended and the apicoectomy procedure ceases. The apicoectomy procedure is completed when the tooth’s canal is thoroughly cleaned and sealed, and stitches are applied to the tissue that was cut open.

Schedule an Apicoectomy at Boston Endodontics

An apicoectomy is necessary for those with continuous infections in a tooth that has been treated by a root canal. At Boston Endodontics, we have performed many successful apicoectomy procedures. To schedule a dental appointment to discuss your options for an apicoectomy, call our dental office at (617) 742-3525 or our Lynnfield office at 781-245-8828.