Dental Surgeons for Endodontic Surgery in Brooklyn

Patient at dentist office ready for surgery

What is endodontic surgery?

When a tooth becomes infected inside, root canal therapy is often used to help salvage the affected tooth. However, in some cases, root canal therapy alone may not be enough to save the tooth. In such cases, endodontic surgery may be recommended. The most common type of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy, also known as root-end resection. An apicoectomy is performed when the bone structure located at the base of your tooth remains infected or damaged after root canal therapy. During an apicoectomy, your dentist surgically removes infected tissue, along with the base of the root. Other types of endodontic surgery may include root repair, removal of the root/s, and surgically splitting the tooth in two. If you believe your tooth may require an apicoectomy or other endodontic surgery, Ralph Avenue Dental Care offers high-quality dental procedures at an affordable cost. Speak with one of our experienced dental experts to find out more.

When is endodontic surgery needed?

Endodontic surgery is typically needed when nonsurgical endodontic treatment alone is not enough to salvage an infected tooth. Reasons for endodontic surgery may include:

  • To help provide diagnosis where X-rays and nonsurgical treatment are unable to provide conclusive results
  • Tooth becomes infected or is unable to heal after root canal therapy
  • Canals within the tooth become obstructed by calcium deposits, making it difficult for your dentist to access treatment areas during a standard root canal procedure
  • Root surfaces or surrounding bones are damaged and require treatment

What does endodontic surgery involve?

Depending on the type of endodontic surgery performed, procedure steps may vary. During the apicoectomy procedure, your dentist will carefully create an incision in the gum tissue surrounding the affected tooth. Your dentist will then gently remove any areas of infection within the bone along with the tip of the root. Next, your dentist may use a dental filling to close off the root canal base. Your dentist will then close the incision site using stitches. To ensure that minimal pain is felt throughout endodontic surgery, local anesthetic will be administered.

After an apicoectomy or other endodontic surgery, you may notice slight swelling and pain at the treatment site. To help minimize pain and discomfort following your procedure, your dentist may recommend certain pain relief medications. While most patients should be able to return to their normal daily activities the following day, recovery time and procedure success rates may vary. Speak with your dentist to learn more about the recovery process and if any post-procedure routines are recommended to help encourage treatment success. In cases where treatment failure continues, extraction of the tooth may be required. If tooth extraction is required, restoration treatment options, such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures may be used to help replace the missing tooth.

What are the benefits of endodontic surgery?

If you received a nonsurgical endodontic treatment and are still experiencing dental pain or other dental concerns, endodontic surgery may offer the following benefits:

  • Preservation of affected tooth
  • Removal of persistent infection
  • Preservation of natural bite and smile
  • Prevention of future dental complications

If you are interested in endodontic surgery, our dental experts at Ralph Avenue Dental Care are here to provide you with trusted and affordable dental care. Here at our health-centered dentistry, we place a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient, as well as utilizing the most advanced technology and procedures in order to provide our patients with high-quality dental care. To learn more about endodontic surgery, call 718.531.0300 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.