Apicoectomy in New York City, NY
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What is An Apicoectomy?
The goal of a root canal is to fully remove the infection from your treated tooth; however, the tooth's roots contain multiple tiny branches where the infection can hide or return. If a tooth is still infected or gets another infection after your root canal therapy is complete, our New York City, NY dental team often suggests an apicoectomy. A long-lasting solution, an apicoectomy removes any infected tissue around the root of the tooth, in addition to the affected root tip(s). Also called endodontic microsurgery, an apicoectomy can save the upper area of your tooth if you have a restoration, like a bridge or crown. After one or more root canal procedures, contact your nearest Concerned Dental Care location to learn how an apicoectomy may help enhance your oral health.
Who Can Have an Apicoectomy?
You may be an ideal candidate for an apicoectomy if you have had a root canal treatment but the infection has remained or returned in the root tips. When you have a root canal, a dental bridge or crown is usually used to strengthen and protect the treated tooth. This can make another root canal or endodontic retreatment challenging if the root tips are infected because these procedures can weaken or destroy the bridge or crown. If you have a restoration, an apicoectomy at Concerned Dental Care can be the best method to clear up the existing infection while also preventing other infections.
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What Can I Expect from an Apicoetomy?
Before starting treatment, we will examine your mouth and then explain your treatment options before deciding on an apicoectomy. To begin the treatment, local anesthesia will be used. Sedation methods can be added depending on the extent of the treatment or if you have dental anxiety and fears. We will begin by making an incision in your gums to reveal the tooth's root. Any infected tips and surrounding tissue will be addressed before your mouth is thoroughly cleaned. To make sure the infection is completely removed, a dental dye will highlight cracks in your tooth. Once your tooth canal is cleaned and sealed, we will close the gums using stitches.
What Can I Expect When Recovering from an Apicoectomy?
Following an apicoectomy, we may write a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics. You can apply cold compresses to alleviate inflammation the day following your apicoectomy. You might experience some soreness, bruising, or numbness for a few days. We will provide detailed instructions for your recovery at home. To help speed healing, you need to avoid aggressive cleaning and hard foods. You may need to return to our office in a few days to have your stitches removed. Typically, your mouth should heal after about two weeks. To reduce future problems, you need to have a home oral care routine with frequent brushing and flossing. In addition, you should schedule yearly dental examinations and twice-yearly cleanings at Concerned Dental Care, so we can monitor your oral health and treat problems early.
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Is There Insurance Coverage for Apicoectomy?
Generally, an apicoectomy is covered at least partially by your dental insurance. We can call your insurance company to determine your additional costs. For the remaining out-of-pocket costs and for patients without insurance, we are proud to accept several payment methods. At your initial consultation, we can tell you about medical financing that may help make your treatment easier to afford.
Treat Infection with an Apicoectomy
When your tooth infection remains following one or multiple root canal treatments, an apicoectomy at Concerned Dental Care may be an effective solution. An apicoectomy treats the infection in the tips of the tooth root without disturbing dental restorations (bridges and crowns). To find out more or to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, contact one of our New York City locations.