When a tooth that has already had a root canal treatment becomes inflamed and infected, an apicoectomy or root end surgery may be required. An apicoectomy is the removal of the apex (or root tip), followed by a filling procedure to seal the root from further infection. When left untreated, infected roots can damage other teeth, spread infection, and cause regression of the jawbone.
Infected and inflamed soft tissue around the root of a tooth can be exceptionally painful. The purpose of an apicoectomy is to eliminate the infection in the tissue and to ultimately preserve the function of the tooth and save it from extraction.
This surgery does not require an overnight stay.
If you are experiencing any pain or swelling associated with a tooth that has had a root canal, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment.