At Micro Endodontics we are proud to provide various surgery options for our patients when they are in need of endodontic surgery. Surgery can help save your tooth in a variety of situations. Most commonly we perform surgery on patients needing routine, emergency, or retreatment root canals. If these modes of treatment are unsuccessful in removing infection or reducing inflammation, we may recommend apicoectomy or root-end resection.
● Routine Root Canal Therapy– Routine root canals are performed on teeth with infected pulp to heal the diseased tooth and avoid extraction. During root canal therapy, we will remove the infected pulp and thoroughly clean the root to then reshape the canal. To end the root canal, we will seal the tooth by using a biocompatible material and temporary filling.
● Emergency Root Canals-If you are experiencing intense sensitivity and/or pain in a tooth that seems to be getting worse, an emergency root canal may be necessary. In these circumstances, prompt care is essential to preserving the natural tooth and helping you experience relief in a timely manner. Unlike routine root canals, emergency root canals are typically recommended when a patient is experiencing sudden pain due to trauma such as cracks, chips, or decay. Signs and symptoms that may indicate that you need an emergency root canal include temperature sensitivity, swelling around the tooth, visible injury, and pain in the tooth or gums.
● Root Canal Retreatment– Our retreatment services are non-surgical procedures that address the cause of the past root canal failure and works to preserve the natural tooth. During your retreatment, we will resolve any previously undetected issues, remove old filling material, clean the canals to remove decay and/or bacteria, shape the root canal, and then fill and seal them closed. Our ultimate goal for retreatment is to restore normal functionality to the tooth such as pain-free biting and chewing.
● Apicoectomy– In this procedure, the endodontist opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and to remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The very end of the root is also removed. A small filling may be placed in the root to seal the end of the root canal, and a few stitches or sutures are placed in the gingiva to help the tissue heal properly. Over a period of months, the bone heals around the end of the root.
Our highly skilled specialists will work with you to discuss your symptoms, treatment options, and responsibilities following your procedure. We will do everything we can to keep you comfortable and answer any questions you may have. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (702) 463-5000.