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What is Endodontic Surgery and Why Might You Need It?
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
Although a non-surgical dental procedure like a root canal is often a last resort for saving a severely damaged or decayed tooth, endodontic surgery can provide effective dental restoration when a root canal can't. In fact, an endodontic surgical procedure would be your only hope for restoration of your existing teeth in this situation. Fortunately, today's technology offers safe and effective procedures that can be performed quickly and comfortably.
Why Would I Need Endodontic Surgery?
There are numerous situations which may require endodontic surgery, including the following processes and conditions.
An endodontic surgical procedure may be necessary to discover dental problems not appearing on an x-ray. Small fractures or canals in your tooth aren't always detectable without this type of procedure, which makes it possible for your endodontist to examine your entire tooth root to determine the source of your dental issue and the most appropriate treatment.
[[[H2Calcium Deposits]]] When there is an excessive calcium buildup in a canal in your tooth, it's often impossible to perform non-surgical procedures due to the size of the instruments. Known as calcification, this condition often requires endodontic surgery to clear and seal the canal.
Other Dental Procedures
In some cases, a tooth that has had a root canal will begin to have sensitivity or cause persistent pain. This can be due to the tooth never healing properly after the procedure, causing an infection. In this case, endodontic surgery would be the only other option for saving your tooth.
Damaged Bone or Root Surfaces
When damage and/or decay have caused serious problems in your jawbone or on root surfaces, a non-surgical procedure is often not sufficient to treat the issue.
The most common type of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy, also known as a root-end resection, which is necessary when there has been long-term infection where your tooth attaches to your jawbone. In an apicoectomy, your endodontist opens the gum tissue around your tooth to get to the underlying bone and remove decayed tissue.
With endodontic technology where it is today, there is no need to fret if your endodontist recommends a surgical procedure. If you have concerning dental issues that you believe may be due to infection near the base of your tooth, contact our office for a timely consultation.