Most people cringe when they hear the words “root canal”, associating it with pain and discomfort. What was once a painful, invasive procedure is now relatively pain-free, with non-surgical treatments available. Although the basic process and materials are still the same as the standard root canal procedure you may have come to fear, at West Houston Endodontics, our endodontist in 77077 uses advanced instrumentation, irrigation, and filling techniques for your apicoectomy.
When you don’t take proper care of your teeth, gums, and mouth, diseases and infections can cause pain and even decay of the teeth. If the decay becomes too advanced, the best treatment option may be root canal therapy. Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is needed when the nerve or pulp of a tooth is affected by decay or infection, or if there has been significant injury or trauma to the tooth. An apicoectomy, also called root end resection, is a surgical procedure performed by our endodontist in 77077 intended to remove infection from the root tip and the surrounding tissue. It is necessary when an infection and inflammation continues after root canal therapy or endodontic retreatment. During this procedure, an incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent re-infection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months, restoring full function. Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended.
Teeth treated at West Houston Endodontics can last just as long as natural teeth, but a re-treatment may be required in some cases due to improper healing or other complications. You will be given care instructions after each appointment with our endodontist in 77077. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal or apicoectomy. With our expertise, your endodontic treatment no longer has to be an uncomfortable, frightening experience. You’ll leave our offices smiling, showing off your beautiful, well cared-for teeth!