Apicoectomy Treatment 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

OFFICE HOURS

Mon 9 am - 6 pm

Tue 9 am - 6 pm

Wed 9 am - 6 pm

Thur 9 am - 6 pm

Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Sat 3rd Saturday of each month 10 am - 4 pm

Sun Closed

What is an apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy treats infection at the end of the tooth root, removing the damaged portion and sealing the root tip to prevent additional damage. Also called root end surgery or resection, an apicoectomy is also used when infection or symptoms persist in the root of a tooth even after a root canal has been performed. Dental x-rays can determine if an apicoectomy is the best treatment for your symptoms.

What happens during an apicoectomy procedure?

Apicoectomy uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques to cut away or cut, the gum tissues to gain access to the root area so the infected or damaged portion can be removed. This damaged portion is removed using special instruments, and the area will be carefully cleaned before a special filling material is applied to help seal and protect the area and prevent future problems. Finally, the gum is sealed with a few stitches or sutures. Before your procedure, dental x-rays will be used to evaluate the tooth, root, and the area of infection or damage. Anesthetic methods will be used to prevent discomfort during your procedure.

How will I feel afterward?

Once your apicoectomy is complete, you may have some discomfort or swelling in the area of your gum where the incision was made. Pain medication and ice packs can help relieve these issues during the initial stages of healing. Depending on the type of sedation used for your procedure, you may also feel tired or groggy, and you should plan on taking the remainder of the day off so you can rest and relax. You'll also be given special instructions about how to care for and clean the incision site, so it doesn't become irritated or infected. The incision site will heal quickly, but it will take a few months for the root area to heal completely.