What Is An Apicoectomy?


May 10, 2024

When it comes to oral health, it's essential to be informed about the various procedures that can help maintain or restore your dental well-being. One procedure that's often overlooked but highly effective is an apicoectomy. If you're in Rhode Island and are curious about this procedure, you're in the right place.

Understanding Apicoectomies

An apicoectomy, also known as root-end resection, is a surgical procedure performed by an oral surgeon when a conventional root canal therapy has failed. This procedure involves the removal of the root tip and the surrounding infected tissue of an abscessed tooth. This is often the last resort to save the tooth from extraction. As a leading provider of apicoectomy in Rhode Island, RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center, headed by Dr. Ray English, is committed to offering this advanced treatment to help patients preserve their natural teeth.

Who Needs an Apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy is typically recommended when an infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure. Sometimes, complex root structures or small branches at the root tip make it hard to clean and seal the root canal entirely, leading to persistent infection or re-infection. If you're experiencing pain or discomfort even after a root canal, it might be time to consider an apicoectomy in Rhode Island.

The Apicoectomy Procedure

The procedure involves making a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is then placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring normal function. At RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we ensure the procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Recovering from an Apicoectomy

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate pain, analgesic medications may be used. Most patients return to their normal activities the next day. Post-operative follow-up involves removing sutures and ensuring the healing is progressing well. Dr. English and his team are always on hand to provide post-operative care tips and address any concerns.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you've been experiencing persistent dental discomfort despite having a root canal, don't wait for your oral health to worsen. Reach out to RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center, a leading provider of apicoectomy in Rhode Island, to discuss your options. Dr. Ray English and his team are committed to providing the highest quality of care to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Call us today at (401) 732-1188 to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards improved oral health.

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Are you interested in dental implants or in finding out if you’re a good candidate for oral surgery? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ray English III today! He’ll take the time to get to know you, and provide treatment plan options that are tailored to your unique needs, so you can get the care that’s right for you.

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