What is endodontic surgery?

When more extensive damage and decay has affected your tooth, damaging your bone and tooth root surfaces, endodontic surgery may be suggested. Endodontic surgery includes surgical treatments used to save your tooth when a simple root canal treatment is not enough. Some forms of endodontic surgery include repairing an injured tooth, removing a tooth root, or even dividing a tooth in half. By far, the most common endodontic surgery offered at Pelka Endodontics L.L.C. is an apicoectomy.

What is an apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy is also known as a root-end resection. The goal of an apicoectomy in State College, Pennsylvania, is to remove inflamed and infected gum tissue that has surrounded a tooth root, as well as the tip of the root. Once the root tip (apex) has been removed, a special filling is used at the end of the root to prevent recurring infection, and your gums are sutured to promote healing. Healing continues throughout the following months.

Dr. Jakub Pelka, our caring dentist, uses the greatest care during any endodontic surgery or apicoectomy. We work hard to alleviate any post-operative discomfort and help you feel confident as you take care of your smile at home. If you have any questions, we invite you to call our office today. We want to help you and your family in any way that we can.