There are a number of reasons why we may recommend endodontic surgery. In some cases, we may need to look for problems that may not show up on an x-ray and provide treatment.
Sometimes, calcium deposits make the root canal too narrow for conventional treatment, and we may need to clean and seal the remainder of the canal. Surgery may also be required if there has been damage to the tooth’s root or surrounding bone. The most common procedure is an apicoectomy, or root-end resection.
In this procedure, we’ll open the gum near the root, remove the damaged portion and any inflamed or infected tissue. Typically, the root is then filled, the gum area sutured, and the area allowed to heal.