Apicoectomies

Occasionally, a root canal tooth can become reinfected and require a procedure called an apicoectomy. This procedure involves moving the gums aside to expose the root or in some cases the jaw. A window must be made to expose the end of the root. Several millimeters of the tip of the root are removed with a rotary handpiece. This exposes the apical foramen or the nerve canal that is filled with the gutta percha, the filling material placed during a root canal. The foramen is cleansed with special ultrasonically driven instrumentation. Once cleaned and shaped, it is then filled with an appropriate material that is meant to seal the tooth from leakage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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