In most cases, root canal therapy can successfully treat and repair an infected tooth. Occasionally, a root canal isn’t enough to heal the tooth, and Dr. Paguio or Dr. Martella will recommend surgical treatment. This surgical treatment is an apicoectomy, which can remove an infected tooth root tip. If you’re experiencing severe dental pain after a root canal, we encourage you to contact our office!
What is the difference between root canal therapy and root canal surgery?
Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes infected tissue within a tooth to save the natural tooth from extraction. An apicoectomy is an endodontic surgery that removes the tip of an infected tooth root. By removing the tip, the source of infection is eliminated and prevents bacteria from spreading to other teeth. Painless root canal surgery, like an apicoectomy, is only done after a tooth has undergone at least one root canal procedure.
How can I prepare for an apicoectomy?
Whether you’re experiencing severe dental pain or noticing something is not quite right with your tooth, a consultation with our team is the best way to determine whether or not you need an apicoectomy. This consultation may include dental X-rays for a better view of the issue. Once Dr. Paguio or Dr. Martella decides the root canal surgery is best, you can prepare. You can prepare by having soft foods and liquids available, taking prescribed antibiotics or medications, and telling us your current and past medical history.
How long does it take to recover from root canal surgery?
After root canal surgery, there is likely to be some discomfort and swelling as the location heals. We encourage patients to rest at home for the remainder of the day, if possible, to keep bleeding and swelling to a minimum. Avoiding hard and crunchy foods and maintaining good oral hygiene can help with irritation and encourage faster healing of the root-end filling, though recovery generally only takes about two weeks.