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Apicoectomy

 

What is an apicoectomy?

An Apicoectomy, also known as root-end surgery, is a surgical procedure performed in order to save a damaged tooth from extraction. In the instance that root canal therapy has failed and a re-treatment was either unsuccessful or unadvised, an apicoectomy is typically the required treatment option. The procedure involves removal of the root tip of the problem tooth along with any damaged tissue in the surrounding area. A filling is then placed at the root tip to prevent any recurring infection of the root.

What happens after surgery?

Some post-surgery swelling is common, and it is expected that the patient will need to take antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection. Post-operative pain is described as being mild to moderate and easily managed with medication commonly prescribed. Post-operative follow up with the doctor will be necessary to determine the success of the surgery.

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