services-procedures - Coastal Carolina Oral Surgery - Wilmington, NC

Apicoectomy

Apicoectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes dead and infected tissue when normal root canal treatments have failed and a re-treatment has already been determined to be unsuccessful or is not advised.

A simple incision at the apex of the root tip allows for access to the cysts that usually form around failed root canal treated teeth. Once the cyst has been removed, the tip of the root is amputated and then sealed. The cystic cavity is then packed to prevent wound breakdown and the incision is closed. Success rates vary but, in general, single rooted teeth have a much better prognosis than multiple rooted teeth.