Endodontic surgery, also known as an apicectomy, is a type of dental surgery that is performed when a tooth’s root canal has failed or cannot be performed, or if there is a persistent infection or inflammation in the root area. It may also be used to treat fractures or other types of damage to the root that cannot be repaired through other means. An apicectomy is typically performed by an endodontist or an oral surgeon.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue near the affected tooth to access the root. They will then remove any infected or damaged tissue, removing a small portion of the tip of the root of the tooth and then sealing the root end with a small filling.
After the procedure, the patient may experience some swelling and discomfort, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs. It is important to follow any post-operative instructions provided by the specialist to ensure proper healing and prevent complications.