Endodontic or Apical Surgery
Lindemann Root Canal Specialists provides apical surgery in Flint, MI. Call 810-732-7900 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
An apical surgery, also known as an apicoectomy, is a procedure that removes the infected root tip, or apex, and the surrounding tissue from a tooth. It is most commonly used when a tooth doesn’t respond to an initial root canal treatment or retreatment. It may also be used for patients who are not candidates for root canal treatment, either because of structural issues in their root canals, health issues, or when a tooth is fractured to the point where the root canal is blocked.
During apical surgery, we will make a small incision in the gums near the affected area in order to access the root of your tooth and the bone surrounding it. The infected tissue around the root is removed, as is the root tip. Just like with a root canal, we clean the area to prevent reinfection, then place a filling in the root tip to seal it. After this, your gum is sutured and your procedure is complete.
You are likely to have some minor swelling, a numb feeling, and discomfort after the procedure. Ice packs can help with the inflammation of the area and we’ll prescribe a medication to help control any pain. Most patients choose to stay home after the surgery rather than going back to school or work. We’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to follow after your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Apical Surgery
How much does apical surgery cost?
The cost of apical surgery depends on your unique circumstances, including the tooth being operated on, whether sedation is needed, etc. We will give you an estimate prior to your procedure, but you can expect it to be between $900 ‐ $1200. Dental insurance often covers apical surgery, but not always.
How painful is an apicoectomy?
Your tooth and the surrounding tissue will be numb while we work, so an apicoectomy isn’t painful at all. You may experience some very slight discomfort, but not pain. Recovery time is usually shorter and more comfortable than for a typical root canal treatment.
How long does it take to recover from an apicoectomy?
Within a day or two, you should be able to return to your regular daily activities. In two weeks, your gums should heal, and then in about six months, bone will have grown in the cavity left by the removed root tip.
Can an apicoectomy last a lifetime?
Yes, in nearly all cases the apicoectomy will last a lifetime and keep your tooth pain-free and infection-free.
Are you awake during an apicoectomy?
Yes, apicoectomies are usually done using local anesthesia only, so you’re fully conscious while we work. If you have dental anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide as a sedation option to help you relax during treatment. The benefit of nitrous oxide as opposed to other forms of sedation is that it both takes effect and wears off quickly.
Call 810-732-7900 to schedule your appointment.