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What is Endodontic Surgery?
Endodontic is a surgical procedure performed in dentistry. It is done by your dentist or endodontist. Usually, endodontic surgery may help save your tooth.
Who are the people who perform endodontic surgery?
Why would you need endodontic surgery?
- Surgery may be used in diagnosis. If you have persistent symptoms but no problems appear on your x-ray, your tooth may have a tiny fracture or canal that could not be detected during nonsurgical treatment. In such a case, surgery allows your endodontist to examine the root of your tooth, find the problem and provide treatment.
- Sometimes calcium deposits make a canal too narrow for the cleaning and shaping instruments used in nonsurgical root canal treatment to reach the end of the root. If your tooth has this “calcification,” your endodontist may perform endodontic surgery to clean and seal the remainder of the canal.
- Usually, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last the rest of your life and never need further endodontic treatment. However, in a few cases, a tooth may fail to heal. The tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. If this is true for you, surgery may help save your tooth.
- Surgery may also be performed to treat damaged root surfaces or surrounding bone.
- Although there are many surgical procedures that can be performed to save a tooth, the most common is called apicoectomy or root-end resection. When inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure, your endodontist may have to perform an apicoectomy.
What is an apicoectomy?
Other types of endodontic surgery?
Patient Question on Endodontic Surgery
Will the procedure hurt?
Your endodontist will give you specific postoperative instructions to follow. If you have questions after your procedure, or if you have pain that does not respond to medication, call your endodontist.
Can I drive myself home?
When can I return to my normal activities?
Does insurance cover endodontic surgery?
How do I know the surgery will be successful?
What are the alternatives to endodontic surgery?
No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are-and they can be very effective-nothing is as good as a natural tooth. You’ve already made a life investment in saving your tooth. The payoff for choosing endodontic surgery could be a healthy, functioning, natural tooth for the rest of your life