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. 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.
I was in really bad pain & they worked me into their VERY busy schedule. Dr Thomas is wonderful, Vanessa who assisted him was wonderful and the entire staff so professional. Had a follow call at 8 am next morning after procedure to check on me. Thanks you all from bottom of my heart.
- Dot F
Awesome staff and doctors! I have been coming here for many years and very comfortable overall with this practice! Many thanks to doctors and staff for superior treatment.
- Dixie O
Awesome, friendly, very helpful and professional.
- Don B
Great atmosphere, caring staff! Best experience I’ve had for a dental procedure.
- Brian C
ONCE AGAIN THIS CLINIC HAS HELPED ME WITH AN EMERGENCY PROCEDURE ALONG WITH MULTIPLE ROOT CANALS
- DON M
Nice people & very professional
- Randall D
Everything was great
- James W
Best Dr office ever!
- Joel Branum
Dr. Wikle and his assistant Nicole were wonderful! They worked carefully, checking to make sure I was doing ok every step of the way. I received a call the next morning from Abby checking to see how I was feeling. Thank you for everything.
- Doris M
Dr. Wikle, Carrie, Katherine, Lynn, Melissa, Baleigh, Denise, and Shelby are CLASS-ACTS...FABULOUS BROOKWOOD AMBASSADORS!!! TRULY A BENCHMARK FOR ALL MEDICAL STAFFS TO FOLLOW!!! VERY, VERY NICELY DONE...THANK YOU ALL!!!
- Lt Col John C
Excellent services and caring staff, thank you.
- Tonya T
Love the staff this establishment has an outstanding team.
- Shelli C
It was very smooth
- Tavaries M
Great staff and Dr. was very thorough.
- Thomas Burch A
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
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