When a tooth is severely damaged, a tooth extraction is commonly recommended to prevent the tooth from causing problems for nearby teeth and other structures in the mouth. However, in some instances, our oral surgeons may be able to save your tooth with an apicoectomy procedure. An apicoectomy is designed to eliminate infection from the root of a tooth and is typically the last effort to save a tooth from requiring removal.
When successful, apicoectomies allow you to keep your natural teeth and avoid the need for a tooth extraction and possible tooth replacement. Dentists will refer patients for apicoectomies after root canals and fillings are unsuccessful. You can learn more about the apicoectomy procedure and the benefits of being treated at our office by watching the patient stories below.