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La Grange Apicoectomy


Are You In Need Of An Apicoectomy In La Grange, Texas?

Oral infections are painful and annoying for anyone who has one. This is seemingly true for those who develop an infection after a root canal. You may be in need of an apicoectomy procedure, if an infection occurs after a root canal. This procedure is usually for those who have had one or several failed root canals. This procedure is performed to save a tooth that may be in need of extraction, which is undesirable. If your dentist sees it fit, they will refer you to an oral surgeon to see if you are in need of an apicoectomy. The surgeon will view your medical history and take and review a few x-rays to further determine whether or not you need to undergo the apicoectomy procedure. The surgeon will also prescribe antibiotics to ensure that your current infection will remain under control or, if you are in luck, eliminate the infection. A follow up appointment will be scheduled or an appointment for the apicoectomy will be scheduled if needed.

The Procedure

Anesthetic will be the first step in the procedure to make the patient comfortable, like most oral surgeries. Following the anesthesia, an incision will be made in the gum around the infected area and the gum will be gently lifted so that the tooth, root and bones are exposed. The oral surgeon may find it necessary to use a small drill to expose the root. Once the root is exposed, the tip of the root and the infected surrounding area will also be removed by the oral surgeon. A filling will then be placed at the tip of the root that remains. Doing so prevents or eliminates any infection from returning. Before the gum is closed, the surgeon will take an x-ray. The apicoectomy procedure can take around 30 to 90 minutes depending on how severe the infection is.

After The Procedure

Swelling is common for a patient after an apicoectomy procedure. Mild to moderate pain can also occur after this procedure. However, prescribed pain medication as well as over the counter pain medication can help control and ease this pain. Antibiotics will also be prescribed to reduce the chance of a new infection forming and to keep the older infection from returning. A follow up appointment will be scheduled to check on your recovery.

Austin Oral Surgery: Surgeons You Can Trust

Austin Oral Surgery has been serving the Austin and La Grange area for 45 years and is extremely experienced in oral health care and surgeries. We are extremely dedicated to providing excellent oral health care to the Austin and La Grange areas and the other surrounding communities. Our staff is well trained in the apicoectomy procedure and the accompanying recovery process. There are currently ten convenient Austin Oral Surgery locations which are fully staffed with on-call doctors, every day of the week, 24 hours a day. We provide this 24 hour service to make sure that our patients questions and concerns are addressed, no matter what time of the day. The website is also filled with detailed information, about all of our services, which may help answer a patient’s more minor questions. We put our patients first and strive to offer a comfortable environment for all patients and their families. Our commitment to our patients is strong and unchanging which we take much pride in.

Contact Austin Oral Surgery Today

The Austin Oral Surgery offices can be reached at 512-02-6677 or through our website. Schedule your appointment today! A representative will get a hold of you within 48 hours.