DeWitt and Stuttgart AR dentists, Drs. Hestir and Allen
 
Apicoectomy
 

What is an Apicoectomy?

An Apicoectomy, or Root-End Resection, is the removal of the root tip and the surrounding infected tissue of an abscessed tooth. This procedure may be necessary when inflammation and infection persists in the area around the root tip after root canal therapy or root canal retreatment.

abscess

removal

Step one:

After the tooth is "numbed", the
gum is reflected (lifted) to uncover the underlying bone and the
root end of the tooth. The root-end is resected (removed) with all
the surrounding infected tissue.


Step two:

A root-end filling is placed to seal the end of the root canal, the gum is repositioned, and a few dissolvable sutures (stitches) are placed to hold the gum tissue back in its place until healing occurs.
sealed

healed

Step three:

After a few months, the bone around the root-end has healed, and all symptoms are gone.