We Perform Apicoectomy Procedures at Worcester Endodontics
Why would I need apicoectomy surgery?
Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save a tooth with an injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and Dr. Karyn Stern, Dr. Ali Sarraf, Dr. Guzek or Dr. Shnaydman will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still create pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection with a retrograde filling to be sure the tip of the root is well sealed. Call us today if you have questions about the apicoectomy procedure at our Worcester, MA office.
What is an Apicoectomy?
The above diagram illustrates a simple apicoectomy procedure. A member of the Worcester, MA endodontics team will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months to restore full function. In situations where the infection has destroyed a large area of bone, a bone graft or membrane may be necessary to enhance bone growth and prevent scarring at the end of the root. Dr. Karyn Stern, Dr. Ali Sarraf, Dr. Guzek or Dr. Shnaydman can identify these cases and respond as necessary at our Worcester, MA practice. We keep the needs of all Worcester Endodontics patients a priority during every service.
Following the apicoectomy procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our Worcester, MA office. We’ll attend to your needs in any way that we can.
Call us to schedule an appointment with Worcester Endodontics for an apicoectomy consultation. Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr Guzek and Dr. Shnaydman regularly see patients from all over the state, including those from Worcester, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Auburn, Millbury, and other Massachusetts towns. If this will be your first visit to Worcester Endodontics, take a moment to review our helpful patient information.
If you are a dentist or other professional interested in learning more about Worcester Endodontics, we encourage you to browse our website, and then contact us directly. Drs. Stern, Sarraf, Guzek, and Shnaydman look forward to speaking with you.