What is an apicoectomy?


Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save a tooth. Occasionally, if a tooth does not heal properly endodontic microsurgery could be recommended. Endodontic microsurgery is typically called an apicoectomy. An apicoectomy will remove small hidden canals that exist at the root tip. This procedure eliminates the bacteria and the small canals where they hide. The endodontists will then clean the tip of the root and place a specialised filling which will allow the bone to heal properly. At Endodontics of the Rockies, you will be offered a mild oral sedation to help you feel comfortable during this procedure.

What should I expect after an apicoectomy?

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort. Your endodontist will prescribe appropriate pain medication to keep you comfortable while you are healing. We follow-up will all of our patients to ensure appropriate healing.