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Difference between endodontic retreatment and apicoectomy?
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In brief: Endo/apico
Endodontic retreatment usually means re-doing the root canal.
An apicoectomy is a surgical procedure to treat the end of the root. This may involve manually cleaning out infected tissue that won't heal. Often times, the tip of the root is removed, and sometimes a filling is placed in the tip of the root to seal the canal.

In brief: Endo/apico
Endodontic retreatment usually means re-doing the root canal.
An apicoectomy is a surgical procedure to treat the end of the root. This may involve manually cleaning out infected tissue that won't heal. Often times, the tip of the root is removed, and sometimes a filling is placed in the tip of the root to seal the canal.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Dr. Dennis Kelley
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Similar
Retreatment is just what it says.
Unsuccesful root canal fill is removed, rootcanal is redone and then new gutta purcha (endo filling material) is placed in the newly filed canals. In an apicoectomy the root tip is surgically removed and a cement or other filling material is used to plug the freshly cut root tip. Both correct an usuccessful root canal.

In brief: Similar
Retreatment is just what it says.
Unsuccesful root canal fill is removed, rootcanal is redone and then new gutta purcha (endo filling material) is placed in the newly filed canals. In an apicoectomy the root tip is surgically removed and a cement or other filling material is used to plug the freshly cut root tip. Both correct an usuccessful root canal.
Dr. Dennis Kelley
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Dr. Jonathan Richards
Dentistry - Endodontics
In brief: Another difference
Retreatment is typically a 'non-surgical' procedure, while an apicoectomy requires an incision to expose the tip of the root so it can be sectioned and removed.
Both can be highly successful under the right circumstances. I usually opt for retreatment first, as it is able to clean the canal space. If retreatment is unsuccessful but done well, the apico has a much better chance of success after.

In brief: Another difference
Retreatment is typically a 'non-surgical' procedure, while an apicoectomy requires an incision to expose the tip of the root so it can be sectioned and removed.
Both can be highly successful under the right circumstances. I usually opt for retreatment first, as it is able to clean the canal space. If retreatment is unsuccessful but done well, the apico has a much better chance of success after.
Dr. Jonathan Richards
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