Apicoectomy in Salem

Why would I need endodontic surgery?

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. Garden 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.

For more information about Apicoectomy or to schedule a consult with Dr. Garden, please use our online Appointment form or call our office in Salem at Salem VA Endodontic Office Phone Number 540-989-6648.

Apicoectomy Procedure | After Endodontic Surgery | Patient Reviews for Apical Surgery


What is an apicoectomy?

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.

Illustrated removal of infected dental tissue

A diagram of a infected tissue in the bone near root tip of tooth
1. Infected Tissue
A representation of an incision made and infected tissue being removed from bone
2. Tissue Removed
An illustration of filling material placed in removed bone area and held with suture
3. Suture Placed
An example of the bone completely healed after a apicoectomy procedure
4. Healing Complete

What should I expect after an apicoectomy?

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: Salem VA Endodontic Office Phone Number 540-989-6648.

 
 

Dental Patient Reviews: Apical Surgery

This portion is in progress. If you wish to rate your experience with Roanoke Endodontics, we invite you to fill out an online patient review.

Roanoke Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 2 Apicoectomy reviews.

Patient Review by Pamela S

Anytime you have to go through this type of dental work it is not pleasant. Dr. Garden and staff make very unpleasant experiences a little bit more bearable. Thanks so very much!

- Pamela S

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Patient Review by Ann S

This is an exceptional practice! Thank you to Greg Wright, my dentist, for referring me toDr Garden! Roanoke and Salem are very fortunate to have this practice in their region! They dealt with this "scaredy-cat" perfectly!

- Ann S

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