Has your dentist recommended an endodontic surgery known as an apiocectomy? This procedure involves opening up the gums near a tooth in order to see the underlying bone.
Then, any infected or inflamed tissue can be removed, including the root of the tooth. However, if you’ve never heard of this procedure, you might be wondering why exactly you need one. Can’t you just get a root canal?
Reasons for Endodontic Surgery
If your dentist has recommended endodontic surgery, you can be sure that the procedure is needed to help save your tooth. There are three main reasons that this type of surgery might be recommended:
- If you have persistent symptoms of a problem, but nothing is showing up on an X-ray, a tiny fracture or an issue in one of your root canals could be the problem, and they may not be detectable during traditional root canal therapy.
- Calcium deposits could make the canals too narrow for nonsurgical instruments to access, so endodontic surgery might be needed in order to clean out and seal the canal if calcification has taken place.
- If you previously had a root canal, but the tooth became infected or did not heal, you may need surgery to save the tooth.
Alternatives to Endodontic Surgery
If the thought of endodontic surgery doesn’t appeal to you, there is only one real alternative to the procedure – extraction. It is always better to save your natural tooth, but if you do choose extraction, you can replace the missing tooth with a removable partial denture, bridge, or implant.
These restorations can help to prevent the teeth from shifting while restoring the normal chewing function and appearance of your teeth.
No matter how attractive or effective tooth replacements are, nothing will be as good as your natural tooth. Choosing endodontic surgery can result in a healthy and high-functioning natural tooth for life.
Please contact us if you have any questions about endodontic surgery.