This procedure is performed when a tooth does not heal following root canal therapy or retreatment. At times, we may also refer to the procedure as microsurgery. With an apicoectomy, Dr. Lea and Dr. Studebaker enter through the bottom end of the root (rather than the biting surface) and gently remove the very tip of the root as well as the surrounding infected tissue residing outside of the tooth. The root is then prepared and sealed with biocompatible materials that are friendly to the body. Following the procedure, Dr. Lea and Studebaker will see patients back in one year to monitor healing (a slow process that can take 12-18 months).
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