Apexification Procedures in Los Angeles

George B. Shinn Jr., DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351 | General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636

George B. Shinn Jr.
DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351
General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636

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What is apexification?

When most of us think of tooth structure, we think of the surface portions that we can see. But teeth are much more complicated, with a system of canals, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue located in the central portions of teeth. These nerves and blood vessels extend out of the tooth and into the soft tissues of the gum through a small opening at the end of each tooth root called the apex.

Sometimes, these internal structures become decayed or damaged, and a root canal is needed to remove the damaged portion and preserve the natural tooth. In some cases, additional treatments may also be needed to preserve a tooth. Apexification is one such procedure that's used to close off the apex of a tooth root once damage to the pulp has occurred.

When is apexification used?

Apexification is used to help protect a tooth from additional damage by sealing or closing off the apex portion of the tooth or stimulating additional root growth so harmful, decay-causing bacteria can't enter and cause infection. This way, the pulp’s tissues stay healthy, and it encourages the growth of the tooth. This procedure will allow the tip of the root, or apex, to continue to close as the person gets older.

How is apexification performed?

Apexification is performed using local anesthetic typically combined with sedation to help you relax throughout the entire procedure. First, the unhealthy or damaged pulp is removed, and the cavity is carefully cleaned of debris. Special material is placed in the apex of the tooth root to help stimulate the growth and development of hard tissue at and near the root tip. Next, the canal is etched with mild acid, and a special composite material is packed into the canal to help reinforce the root and provide additional strength to the tooth structure. As the area heals, you'll need to be seen to ensure the healing process is progressing well.