An Apicoectomy is often used to save a damaged tooth. An Apicoectomy removes the root tip and surrounding infected tissue of an abscessed tooth. This procedure takes place after root canal therapy and infection or inflammation persists around the root tip.
The following steps are used during an Apicoectomy:
- First, an incision is made in the gum to evaluate the bone and inflamed tissue.
- Next, Dr. Scott Norton removes the damaged tissue and the end of the root tip. The removed tissue is then sent to an oral pathologist for a biopsy.
- Then, a filling is placed in the root-end.
- After a few months, the bone naturally heals around the root and will become fully functioning again.
After the procedure, some discomfort and swelling may occur while the incision heals. Generally, pain medication will be recommended while healing is taking place. If further pain persists, please call Dr. Scott Norton’s office in Louisville, Kentucky.
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