Occasionally, a non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and we will recommend endodontic surgery. This procedure can be used to save teeth that my otherwise have needed to be removed.Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or periapical surgery, and it can be carried out at our practice in Norwest, Sydney. If Dr Yoganathan thinks an apicoectomy is a suitable procedure for you, she will discuss this treatment option at the time of consultation and let you know about the procedure so you can make an informed decision about your tooth. The apicoectomy cost will be discussed with you at this time too.
The procedureUsing microsurgical instruments Dr Yoganathan will access your damaged tooth root, and remove any inflamed tissue and infected root tip fragments. Once she has cleaned the area thoroughly she will place a root tip filling, to seal the root and prevent reinfection.
Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the area heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure, and to aid you in pain management we will guide you on the best medications and precautions to follow whilst healing is taking place.