Apicoectomy in Joliet IL
What is apicoectomy?
Apicoectomy is a type of endodontic surgery that involves removing the tip of the tooth's root after root canal treatment. Sometimes, infected tissue can still cause an abscess at the root of the tooth even after a root canal is sealed. If this occurs, Dr. Babiuk can perform an apicoectomy in order to save your tooth from extraction.
How do I know if I need an apicoectomy?
If you previously had a root canal treatment and are now experiencing pain or swelling in the area above the tooth, call our office for an appointment. The infection may manifest itself in the form of a pimple near the tooth. If you notice a pimple, or a bad taste or odor in your mouth, your tooth may have become infected again following the root canal treatment.
How does the procedure work?
The apicoectomy procedure involves lifting the gum tissue above the root to uncover the underlying bone and root end of the tooth. Dr. Babiuk will then remove the end of the tooth root along with all the surrounding infected tissue. A root end filling is used to seal the root canal and sutures are used to hold the gum tissue down for healing. The duration of the procedure depends on the type and placement of tooth requiring the apicoectomy, but a normal duration period may be from 30 to 90 minutes.
How long is the recovery period?
While an apicoectomy is considered a surgical procedure, discomfort is usually minimal. Dr. Babiuk will remove stitches 2 to 7 days after the procedure, and swelling and soreness usually diminish after two weeks. To aid in a quick recovery time, try not to irritate the affected area by eating crunchy foods, brushing too hard, or smoking. Relax and avoid contact sports as well while your mouth is healing. Finally, in order to ensure that your tooth remains healthy, maintain good oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental check-ups.