If you have undergone root canal therapy, you probably expect your tooth to be problem-free from now on. However, in some cases, the tooth might not heal correctly, or it might develop a new infection. When this happens, our dentist may recommend a procedure called an apicoectomy. This surgical treatment targets the root tip of your tooth and is designed to remove infection and promote healing.

An apicoectomy, also known as root-end surgery, involves removing the apex, or the very tip, of the tooth’s root. This part of the tooth anchors it into your jawbone. When this root tip becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause significant discomfort and threaten the health of the tooth.

The procedure begins with a small incision in the gum tissue near the affected tooth. This allows access to the underlying bone and the root tip. Once the area is exposed, the infected tissue and the very end of the root are removed. A small filling is then placed to seal the end of the root canal. This helps prevent future infections. Finally, a few stitches are placed to aid in the healing of your gum tissue.

Over the following months, your bone will naturally heal around the end of the root. The success of this procedure is typically high, especially when performed by experienced dental professionals.

We invite you to contact State Street Dental at 208-939-1700 for more details about apicoectomies in Boise, Idaho, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Davis. We are committed to providing you with the highest standard of care and ensuring your dental health and comfort.