How Root Canal Surgery Addresses Complicated Cases

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For most cases of dental infections, our team will offer treatment with a root canal procedure, treating the infection to save the tooth. But if a complicated case occurs, such as an infection at the tip of a root, you may need more substantial care. In today’s blog, your Londonderry, NH, dentist talks about the apicoectomy, or root canal surgery, and how this can help preserve the health and stability of your smile.

Signs You Need Endodontic Treatment

How do you know if you have an infected tooth? A dental infection forms when the interior of the tooth, especially the inner pulp, becomes exposed to bacteria. The result is serious discomfort, such as toothaches, tooth sensitivity, pain when biting down or chewing, jaw and facial pain, and swelling near a tooth. A discharge from the tooth could occur too. Don’t ignore the discomfort, as untreated infection could lead to tooth loss and serious complications! Our team will conduct a detailed examination with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can assess the position and severity of your issue. If we find the issue is near the tip of the root, then we could conduct a surgical procedure to help.

The Apicoectomy

Our team will first numb the area and administer sedation so you are comfortable as we open the gums near the tip of the root. The apicoectomy, also known as a root-end resection, involves removing the infected tissues from the tip of the root. Having removed the tip of the root and the infected tissues, we then add a special filling to seal the end of the canal. For most people, the area heals quickly and returning to normal routines in a day is possible.

Protecting Your Smile  

To help lower the risk of future infections, be sure you take a few steps. You should cut back on how much sugar and starch are in your diet, and also take time to brush in the morning and at night for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss before going to bed too. If you experience discomfort in the treated tooth, be sure to let us know right away. If you have any questions about a root-end resection, or a root canal, then contact our team today to learn more.

Schedule A Visit With Dr. Karimipour for Your Apicoectomy

When you have complicated and painful dental infections, we can help. Treatment helps stop discomfort and protects the tooth from being lost. We help you maintain a full smile for years to come! Talk to our team about root canals and more by calling My Dentist in Londonderry, NH at (603)965-3407! From a traditional root canal to advanced surgical procedures, we can help keep your smile whole.