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 Dr. Collier, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Powell, Dr. Wikle or Dr. Kaple 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.
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.
Following the 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 office.
Jesse explained everything thoroughly. She was very personable and has a pleasant personality. Dr. Wikle was professional, explained options and procedure and also very pleasant. The procedure was not painful.
- Cindy G
Thank you, Dr. Kaple!
- Rachel G
Really helpful and friendly
- Matt J
Very welcoming and friendly environment.
- Buffie G
I went for a second opinion on the prognosis for my tooth. The staff was great. I appreciate the honesty of Dr. Wikle on what to expect and what I needed to do in regards to the situation with my tooth. I would definitely recommend Brookwood Endodontics.
- Glenda H
Dr. Stephen J. Thomas, Dr. Adam L. Powell, Sam & Shelbi were all very kind and caring during my procedure. I highly recommend Brookwood Endodontics! ️
- Deborah H
Great place. Honest and respectful.
- Kevin T
Great visit, great staff, no complaints.
- Steve O
The best “bedside”manner I have ever received . Supper appreciative of the care I received.
- Aaron A
This place is great!
- Timothy G
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- Jessica B
My daughter is receiving great care from Brookwood Endodontics and I world highly recommend them.
- Jennifer H
- David J
Have had no pain at home. Overall good experience. Very nice office and staff. Bailey was great!
- Rhonda R
Very pleased with service from all. Hated to have procedure but doctor and assistant made it as “tolerable” as possible!
- Carol B
Most fun I could have had getting dental work
Dr Powell and staff made me feel comfortable especially since I have a fear of dental work
- Wendy S
Explained procedure well. Friendly and professional staff.
- John R
Great people I would recommend anyone to come here to get dental work done.
- Wesley D
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