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If you have had root canal therapy and are still experiencing problems with a tooth, it is not necessarily time for an extraction. Instead, the team at Positive Image Dental in Devonshire, Bermuda may suggest the benefits of performing an apicoectomy to save the tooth.

What is an apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy, sometimes referred to as “root end surgery,” is used to address infection after root canal therapy. It is a minor oral surgery that allows the dentist to remove the tip of the tooth’s root, called the apex, from the tooth. In doing this, patients can maintain the natural tooth if successful. The procedure requires the dentist to make an incision near the gum line to expose the tooth. He or she will remove any of the infected and inflamed tissue around the tooth and then remove the tip of the tooth’s root. A small filling is used to fill the area and stitches allow the soft tissues to heal with time.

How long does an apicoectomy take?

The time needed for the procedure is determined by various factors, so patients should consult with their provider about their unique situation and the time estimated for the apicoectomy from start to finish.

How painful is an apicoectomy?

Absolutely not! Our team makes sure that patients are comfortable with proper anesthetics and sedation is needed. Some mild discomfort may be experienced after the procedure, but many patients can manage this with over-the-counter pain medications and by following the dentist’s postoperative instructions sent home with them the day of their treatment.

Do you believe you need an apicoectomy?

Bermuda residents who are struggling with a tooth even after root canal therapy can ask about the apicoectomy procedure to determine if they are a candidate. Drs. Ian Campbell, Christopher Allington, and Lara Loescher of Positive Image Dental can assist. The office is located at ZBM Annex Fort Hill Road and can be reached at (441) 292-2312 to request an appointment. They are minutes away from downtown with convenient parking access and a team with years of combined experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dental work for new and established families in the community.