The last resort for unhealthy teeth - apicoectomy

Apicoectomy is a way of saving unhealthy teeth in cases where retreatment did not result in the desired success.

At our specialist practice PD Dr Harder and PD Dr Mehl use magnifying glasses or microscopes to perform apicoectomy treatment. First of all the entire area is anaesthetised, using local anaesthesia. It goes without saying that phobic patients will be given the option to undergo the surgery under sedation or general anaesthesia.

Apicoectomy: What happens during treatment?

Through a tiny cut made into the gum, we remove the inflammation (or the cyst as the case may be) along with the last three millimetres of the root. We then seal the infected root canal from the side of the tip of the root, using biological cement (MTA), and the cavity may be refilled with artificial bone material if you so wish. In some cases the tooth will be sealed with a membrane or a gum transplant.

In micro surgical apicoectomies we remove no more than the tip of the root through a tiny passage. Bone augmentation or sealing are not part of this treatment. With most surgery the patient will not be able to tell the different in their day-to-day life.

The apicoectomy: Root resection after root canal treatment

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