Do You Need an Apicoectomy?

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Do You Need an Apicoectomy?

shutterstock_121245883The nerve of the tooth can become inflamed due to trauma or severe decay. This inflammation is irreversible and at times leads to death of the tooth root. A root canal procedure is usually done to correct this condition. However, some root canals fail later on. This is when Dr. Sultan recommends apicoectomy for his patients in Pompano and Fort Lauderdale.

 

What is an apicoectomy?

Apicoectomy, also known as surgical root canal, is a procedure that removes the apex or the tip of the root together with the infected tissue. The end of the root is then sealed with a filling made of either cement or silver.

 

When do you need an apicoectomy?

Root canal therapy may fail due to residual infection in the root of the tooth, cyst formation, root fracture, or the presence of unfilled canals. When a previous root canal is not successful, apicoectomy may be performed by Dr. Sultan.

 

How do I prepare for an apicoectomy? 

You will have a consultation with Dr. Sultan to determine if you need an apicoectomy. He will also take x-rays and provide you with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and mouth rinses as part of your preparation for the procedure.

During your consultation with Dr. Sultan, make sure to inform him if you have high blood pressure or if you have encountered any problems with epinephrine. The local anesthetic used during your apicoectomy has more epinephrine than what is used for dental filling placement. Extra epinephrine in the anesthetic constricts blood vessels to minimize bleeding in the treated area in order for Dr. Sultan to have a better view of the tooth root.

Find out if you need a surgical root canal. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!