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Endodontic Surgery

For many patients, root canal therapy is the only treatment their injured tooth needs to fully regain its structure and vitality. In some situations, though, the tooth in question may contain small, well-hidden areas, fractures, or canals that simply don’t show up on regular X-rays and thus go untreated, resulting in further discomfort for the patient. Here in Oklahoma City, our endodontic team’s top priority is to provide relief from pain and give patients back the healthy, complete smile they’ve been sorely missing. That’s why we offer endodontic surgery (also called an apicoectomy) following root canal therapy, if necessary.

The Surgical Process

During this process, one of our highly skilled endodontists will first make a minor incision in your bone and gum tissue, followed by the removal of infected tissue located near the affected root. The tip of the root is also removed and replaced with a biocompatible filling in order to prevent any further infection. Finally, our team will carefully close the opening with a few well-placed sutures. Over time, your bone will heal naturally. We can also prescribe a pain medication for you to take following your endodontic surgery; minor swelling and/or discomfort is expected, although you should get in touch with our office as soon as possible if serious pain continues to occur after a reasonable amount of time has passed.

Contact Endodontic Associates today if you have any questions for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. Our Oklahoma City office is always here to help with your endodontic concerns, including root canal therapy, treatment for traumatic injuries or cracked teeth, and more.