Endodontic Surgery in Edmond, OK
Contemporary Endodontics of Oklahoma provides endodontic surgery to patients in Edmond, OK. Call 405-285-5042 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Root canal treatment is a non-surgical way to save teeth, but sometimes endodontic surgery is needed either instead of or in addition to root canal therapy. The most common endodontic surgery is apicoectomy, also known as root-end surgery or apical surgery. This procedure is often required if there is infection or inflammation in the bone at the root end after root canal therapy. During an apicoectomy, your tooth and the tissue surrounding it will be numbed with local anesthesia, keeping you comfortable throughout your procedure.
An apicoectomy is a microsurgical treatment that begins with a small incision in the soft tissue near the affected tooth. The apex (root tip) is removed, as well as any infected or inflamed tissue. A small filling seals the end of the root canal, then sutures are used to close the incision. Over the course of a few months, the bone around the root tip heals.
Swelling and tenderness at the incision site may occur after apical surgery, but this is usually minor. Most patients are able to return to school or work the next day, using over-the-counter pain relievers for any discomfort they experience.
Frequently Asked Questions About Endodontic Surgery
How long does endodontic surgery take?
The length of your procedure is determined by the type of surgery you’re having and the complexity of your root canals. We can give you an estimate during your consultation.
How painful is an apicoectomy?
Because your tooth and the area around it will be numbed with local anesthesia, an apicoectomy is painless. You’ll likely have some discomfort, swelling, and sensitivity once the anesthesia wears off in the hours after your treatment.
Are you awake during an apicoectomy?
Yes, you will be awake during an apicoectomy, but if you’re feeling anxious about this, please let us know before your appointment and we can discuss options available to help you relax.
How do you know if you need an apicoectomy?
There’s no way to know if you require an apicoectomy without consulting with an endodontist. Dr. Ball may recommend an apicoectomy, endodontic retreatment, or another procedure if you’ve had root canal therapy in the past and the tooth is causing you pain again, depending on the circumstances.
Does insurance cover endodontic surgery?
Endodontic surgery is frequently covered by dental insurance, but because coverage varies from one plan to the next, we recommend that you contact your insurance company to verify your benefits. Our team is also happy to help you understand your out-of-pocket costs.
Call 405-285-5042 to schedule your appointment.