Apicoectomy

An Overview of Endodontic Surgery

Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction.

Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest 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.


For more information about Apical Surgery or to schedule a consult with Dr. Safa, Dr. Anderson or Dr. Vu, please use our Appointment form or call our office in Torrance, CA at Torrance Endodontix Office Phone Number 310-325-3636.


What is an Apicoectomy?

The video above illustrates this simple procedure:

  • An incision is made 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 restoring full function.

What Should I Expect After Surgery?

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. Dr. Safa, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Vu provide post surgical instructions with tips to aid healing at home. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office: Torrance Endodontix Office Phone Number 310-325-3636.

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