What do you need to know about apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy is a procedure where the following five things happen: 1 Your tooth’s root is exposed. 2 The end tip of the root is trimmed. 3 Any infectious pockets are removed. 4 The end tip of the root is filled or sealed. 5 The gum flap is stitched back in place.
Why is an apicoectomy called an endodontic microsurgery?
A filling is then placed to seal the end of the root. An apicoectomy is sometimes called endodontic microsurgery because the procedure is done under an operating microscope. If a root canal becomes infected again after a root canal has been done, it’s often because of a problem near the apex of the root.
Can a second root canal be done before an apicoectomy?
In many cases, a second root canal treatment is considered before an apicoectomy. With advances in technology, dentists often can detect additional canals that were not adequately treated and can clear up the infection by doing a second root canal procedure, thus avoiding the need for an apicoectomy.
When do you need a bone graft after an apicoectomy?
For most people, this marks the end of the apicoectomy. But some extreme cases may require bone grafting. Grafts are meant for cases in which the surrounding bone is significantly damaged to the point that it needs to regrow for ideal tooth and gum health. Apicoectomies are surprisingly quick and comfortable.
Is it scary to have an apicectomy in your mouth?
It can be scary to be told that you need to undergo a surgical procedure, especially one that takes place in your mouth. An apicoectomy, though, might well be the only thing that can help save your tooth. Find out more about the procedure right here.
Is it normal to have numbness after apicoectomy?
You may have some numbness in the area for days or weeks from the trauma of the surgery. This does not mean that nerves have been damaged. Tell your dentist about any numbness you experience.
When to rest and ice pack after apicoectomy?
It’s okay to bring a light sweater or jacket in case the office is on the cool side. You can positively affect the success of your apicoectomy when you follow your aftercare instructions to the letter. Rest and ice packs are recommended for the first 12 hours after your surgery.
What should I do after a lip apicoectomy?
When you pull your lip away from the gum to peek, you risk loosening or tearing your stitches. Other post apicoectomy aftercare tips include: Depending on the location of the apicoectomy and the infection level in the root area, you may be prescribed antibiotics and decongestants.