What you need to know

An apicectomy is a minor surgical procedure aimed at saving a tooth that would otherwise require extraction.

Although many surgical procedures can be performed to save a tooth, the most common is called apicoectomy or root-end resection. When inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure, we may have to perform an apicoectomy or apical curettage.

An apicoectomy is a minimally invasive, painless procedure carried out to preserve a tooth that might otherwise require extraction. The primary indication for an apicoectomy is when you've previously undergone a root canal, but the surrounding area near the root tip has encountered reinfection or damage.

Will the procedure hurt?

The use of local anesthetics ensures comfort during the procedure. However, it's possible to experience minor discomfort or swelling during the healing process of the incision, which is typical for any surgical procedure.

We will suggest suitable pain relief medication to ease any discomfort. Dr. Malone will provide you with precise postoperative guidelines to adhere to. Should you have any inquiries following the procedure or encounter pain unresponsive to medication, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Can I drive myself home?

Frequently, you have the option, but it's advisable to inquire beforehand about your appointment to ensure you can arrange transportation if needed.

When can I return to my normal activities?

The majority of patients typically resume work or other daily activities the following day. We're here to discuss your anticipated recovery period with you at your convenience.

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