If you have ever had root canal therapy, you most likely were able to get relief from the pain that the underlying infection had been causing and you were able to go back to having a tooth that is free of problems. However, for various reasons, a new infection can occur in the root tip and the surrounding area after root canal therapy has been performed. When this happens, you will probably need our endodontic surgery in Aurora. There are a few options that are possible in solving the problem. IN some cases, endodontic retreatment might be the best choice. This is basically re-doing the root canal. The worst case scenario would be extracting the tooth, in the event that it cannot be saved. Then there is an apicoectomy, which is also called a root end resection.
Apicoectomies are surgical procedures that can save your natural tooth while removing the infection along with the pain that it can cause you. Our endodontic surgery in Aurora begins with the application of a local anesthetic, after which Dr. Ricks will open your gums in the area of the infected tooth. This allows a view of the bone so that the infected tissue can be found and removed safely. The tip of the root will also be removed. A special filling is then placed in as a precaution against future problems. And finally, the gum is sutured to conclude the procedure.
You can expect the possibility of some discomfort and swelling after our endodontic surgery in Aurora. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers or Dr. Ricks can prescribe a stronger one, if needed. The bone will heal within a few months. The advantage of having an apicoectomy is that you won't have to lose your tooth, which would leave you with empty space that can lead to your other teeth shifting and may even throw off your jaw alignment. Certainly, a missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant or bridge, but this requires an expense in time, effort, and money, all of which can be avoided with surgical endodontics. What is most vital is that if you are suffering with any pain in your tooth, you should always call and schedule an appointment. Quick action is closely associated with the best results.
By Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC
June 23, 2016