Occasionally, a nonsurgical root canal procedure alone cannot save your tooth and Dr. Cook will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate small fractures or hidden canals that weren’t detected on x-rays or during previous treatment. Surgery may also be needed to remove calcium deposits in root canals, or to treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth. To learn more about endodontic surgery, contact Dr. Cook and Louisville Endodontics today!
There are many surgical procedures that can be performed to save a tooth. An apicoectomy is the most common surgery also referred to as a root-end resection. This procedure is needed when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure. In this microsurgical procedure, Dr. Cook opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and to remove any inflamed or infected tissue. During this surgery the very end of the root is also removed. A small filling may be placed to seal the end of the root canal and few stitches or sutures are placed to help the tissue heal. Over a period of months, the bone heals around the end of the root. Local anesthetics make the procedure comfortable, and most patients return to their normal activities the next day. Postsurgical discomfort is generally mild.