Kathleen S. Boyd, DDS, MS

640 Statesville Blvd., Suite 3
Salisbury, NC 28144

(704) 637-3636
(704) 637-3184 fax
kboyd@kbendo.com

Endodontic Surgery

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Apicoectomy

Also known as a root-end resection, an apicoectomy literally means the removal of the apex of the root of the tooth. This procedure, done following a root canal, treats the bony area surrounding the end of your tooth, which has become inflamed or infected.  By folding back the gum near the tooth, your endodontist can access the underlying bone and extract the inflamed tissue. At the same time, the very tip of the root is removed and usually replaced with a small plug or filling. At this time, the doctor may treat the area with antibiotics and will then close the area with a small suture. Eventually, the jaw surrounding the tooth will fill in with bone, supporting the tooth as before.This procedure helps ensure the lasting result of your endodontic treatment.