During an apicoectomy, the root tip of a tooth and the surrounding infected tissue is surgically removed. Often, the root tip is sealed with a filling.
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Conditions Treated with an Apicoectomy:
An apicoectomy is utilized in cases of a failed root canal or an abscessed tooth.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to apicoectomy. Tooth extraction is a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with an Apicoectomy:
An apicoectomy is performed with a local anesthetic, and sometimes sedation.
Potential Complications from an Apicoectomy:
Possible risks following an apicoectomy include infection, bleeding, swelling and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to lose the tooth.
Prognosis after an Apicoectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following an apicoectomy is good.
Recovery from an Apicoectomy:
Recovery after an apicoectomy is three to seven days.