Frequently Asked Questions About Endodontic Surgery
Apical surgery is a common endodontic procedure that may be recommended if there is still inflammation or infection in the bone around the tip of the root, or apex, after a root canal treatment.
The affected tooth and gum tissue surrounding it are numbed to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. A small incision is made in the gum, then the apex and any inflamed or infected tissue are removed. If needed, a filling is placed to seal the end of the root canal, then we use sutures to close the incision.
After apical microsurgery, you are likely to experience some swelling and soreness at the incision site. This is typically mild and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Most patients are able to return to work following the procedure.