An apicoectomy is an endodontic surgical treatment where the tip of a tooth’s root is removed and replaced to treat infection and prevent it from spreading or reoccurring. The root of a tooth is extended into your jawbone and is primarily responsible for keeping your teeth in place. It also holds nerves and blood vessels essential to the overall health of the tooth. An apicoectomy in Alameda, California is only performed if a root canal treatment at your local dental office has proved unsuccessful in treating and removing the infected inner portions of your tooth. Our skilled oral surgeon at California Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Knoll, is dedicated to providing comfortable, gentle care during any oral surgery you undergo. Likewise, our surgical team will guide you through every step of the treatment process.
To perform an apicoectomy, Dr. Knoll will make a small incision in your gum to access the root of the tooth and surrounding bone structure. He will then remove all infected tissue and a few millimeters of the root tip. Finally, the canals of the tooth will be cleaned and the end of your tooth will be sealed. Afterwards, Dr. Knoll will gently stitch the gums back into place. Generally, all swelling and tenderness from the treatment will be gone within 14 days. To learn more about an apicoectomy, we invite you to contact our oral surgery office today.