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.
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
- Steve O
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
I would return if I had another similar problem.
- Carolyn W
Very friendly and professional.
- Lynne B
An overall great environment for a dreaded procedure that went very well.
Great overall, no problems with procedure
- Karen E
Very courteous staff love the blankets, view, and TV. Also very greatful they were able to conclude I did not need the initially intended procedure and worked me in ASAP to get the procedure that would better solve my decay problem!
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