Endodontic Surgery, or an apicoectomy, is performed by a board-certified Midtown Manhattan oral surgeon after an unsuccessful root canal. When a root canal infection does not go away or returns after root canal therapy, an apicoectomy is usually necessary to eradicate the infection before it causes further oral damage and pain. Because many nerves can contain infected tissue, it is difficult for endodontists to ensure that all of the infection is removed during a standard root canal procedure. During an apicoectomy with New York City oral surgeon, Dr. Elliot Ostro however, the tip of the root of the tooth is fully removed and replaced with a dental filling.
An apicoectomy is often not considered until a second root canal, or endodontic retreatment is performed because it is much less invasive than an apicoectomy. Before this oral surgery, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area and then oral surgeon, Dr. Ostro will make an incision in your gum to expose the infected root of your tooth. Inflamed tissue will be removed and replaced with a filling. Because of the precise nature of the surgery, Dr. Ostro maintains a high rate of success in endodontic surgery.
If you’re experiencing any signs of symptoms of a root canal infection, such as pain or swelling associated with a tooth that has had a root canal, we encourage you to contact Midtown Manhattan oral surgeon, Dr. Ostro immediately to schedule an appointment.