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In brief: Apicoectomy

When a root canal has residual issues at the end of the root (apex), then root end surgery may be indicated.
Depending on the location of the tooth, varying degrees of risk come into play. This area has vastly improved in dentistry with the advent of operating microscopes. Always ask about the procedure and don't forget about second opinions if there are too many doubts.

In brief: Apicoectomy

When a root canal has residual issues at the end of the root (apex), then root end surgery may be indicated.
Depending on the location of the tooth, varying degrees of risk come into play. This area has vastly improved in dentistry with the advent of operating microscopes. Always ask about the procedure and don't forget about second opinions if there are too many doubts.
Dr. Willis Hardesty
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Apical curettage and apicoectomy

This procedure is most often indicated when retreating the root canal non- surgically is not of benefit.
It involves a surgical incision , removing the diseased tissue in the bone, and sometimes re-sealing the root end w/ a filling. It is indicated when a lesion is present at the root end, with or without swelling and/or pain.

In brief: Apical curettage and apicoectomy

This procedure is most often indicated when retreating the root canal non- surgically is not of benefit.
It involves a surgical incision , removing the diseased tissue in the bone, and sometimes re-sealing the root end w/ a filling. It is indicated when a lesion is present at the root end, with or without swelling and/or pain.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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In brief: A type of root canal

Root canals are usually done by making a hole in the top of the tooth - giving the dentist access to the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth.
-to clean out the infected tissue inside the tooth. Removing that tissue will control the infection. Sometimes this doesn't remove all the infected material, and the dentist needs to go in to the tooth from underneath the gum - apical surgery.

In brief: A type of root canal

Root canals are usually done by making a hole in the top of the tooth - giving the dentist access to the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth.
-to clean out the infected tissue inside the tooth. Removing that tissue will control the infection. Sometimes this doesn't remove all the infected material, and the dentist needs to go in to the tooth from underneath the gum - apical surgery.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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