Damaged or decayed dental pulp can lead to severe toothache and, in order to prevent the need for extraction, root canal therapy may be necessary. In rare cases, root canal therapy may not successfully heal the tooth. When non-surgical root canal therapy is not responsive, endodontic surgery may be necessary.
Dr. Bishop performs the most common endodontic surgical procedure called an apicoectomy. This procedure is needed when the inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after endodontic treatment.
In this procedure, Dr. Bishop opens the gum tissue near the tooth to expose the underlying bone, and the infected tissue is removed. The very end of the root is also removed, and a small filling may be placed to seal the root canal. Local anesthetics make the procedure comfortable. Most patients return to their normal activities the next day.