You May Need an Apicoectomy After a Root Canal

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A root canal is one of the more common treatments performed by endodontic specialists. Root canals are often required as part of an effective treatment plan for those who have significant dental trauma or a severe case of tooth decay, both of which can alter the health and integrity of a tooth’s core structures.

During a root canal treatment, the compromised tissues are removed and replaced with a special endodontic material that provides sufficient structure to support a dental crown. Once the crown has been installed, the restored tooth should replicate the function and comfort you enjoyed with your original tooth.

It is important to note that while root canals are typically successful, there are some rare cases where a small part of the infection remains deep in the natural root structure of the tooth. Over time, this lingering infection could cause a new area of tooth decay to develop in the branches of the abutment that is holding the dental crown in place.

In a case like this, an experienced endodontist like Dr. Stephen T. McInerney can perform an apicoectomy to essentially remove the remaining infection to help prevent further complications. An apicoectomy can usually be performed in a single outpatient appointment to alleviate any discomfort.

If you are in Bingham Farms, Michigan, or the surrounding, and if you are having problems with a tooth that was previously treated with a root canal, you should call 248-540-9191 to set up an examination with our endodontist at Root Canal Specialists, PC.