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.
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
1. Infected Tissue
2. Tissue Removed
3. Suture Placed
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
Patient Review by Bonnie L
My dentist office quickly made the appointment for me and everything moved quickly from there. Dr. Garden was so considerate of how I was feeling and did what needed to be done.
- Bonnie L
Patient Review by Gwen K
Everyone in the office was kind and helpful. Dr. Garden was exceptional.
- Gwen K
Patient Review by Karen W
Excellent care was provided by Dr Garden and her staff before,during,and after my procedure. Thank you for putting the best possible spin on a bad situation.
- Karen W
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
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