What Is Apicoectomy And Why It Is Done?
A root canal procedure is a treatment to save a damaged, infected or badly decayed tooth.
Although root canal infections can be treated by conventional root canal therapy, but in some cases when the infection persists after root canal treatment or re-treatment, an APICOECTOMY is considered to be important to solve the infection and treat the problem.
- What Does Apicoectomy Mean?
- Apicoectomy is a microsurgical treatment procedure where the very end of the tooth’s root (Apex) is removed along with the infection attached to the root tip. The apex is sealed with a filling to prevent micro leakage.
- What About Apicoectomy Procedure I Need To Know?
- The endodontist gives local anesthetic to the already RCT treated tooth to numb the surgical site of the patient.
- The gum and bone is cut and lifted to access and visualize the root tip/apex.
- The root tip is resected and the infected tissue is curetted. The end part of root canal is cleaned and sealed with biocompatible sealer material. The endodontist then sutures the tissue back in the original place.
- Does The Procedure Hurt?
- The endodontist will give local anesthesia to make sure that the treatment is painless and more comfortable.
- Other than that, patients are prescribed with appropriate pain medications to help ease the discomfort.
- How Long Does The Apicoectomy Treatment Take?
- The treatment is generally done in single sitting appointment.
- The procedure takes about 1-2 hours depending upon the tooth location and complexity of the roots.
- If The Patient Doesn’t Want The Treatment?
- If the patient is not willing for the treatment, then the tooth needs to be extracted and an implant can be surgically placed to replace the missing tooth.
Root Canal and Cancer
- In new studies, Researchers found that patients had a 45% reduced risk of cancer with multiple endodontic treatments.
Till date, there is no valid, scientific evidence that proves any link between root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body.
A 2013 study published in a journal found that a patient’s risk of cancer doesn’t alter after a root canal therapy. Researchers also found that patients with multiple endodontic treatments had a 45% reduced risk of cancer.
There are also few myths about Root Canal Treatment shared by a large section of people onto which we would like to shed some light.
- MYTH –The Root canal treatment is painful.
- TRUTH – In fact Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it actually relieves it.
- MYTH – Root canal treatment makes you ill/sick.
- TRUTH – There is no substantial, scientific valid proof which links root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body.
- MYTH – An excellent substitute to root canal treatment is extraction of the tooth.
- TRUTH – Saving your natural teeth, is always the ultimate best option if the tooth is not damaged beyond repair.
- MYTH – Root canal therapies often requires many visits, wasting your precious time.
- TRUTH – Now due to introduction of advanced technologies, Root canal therapies can be completed in one or maybe two appointments.
- MYTH – If you’re not feeling any pain in your tooth, you do not need a root canal treatment.
- TRUTH – Teeth are not always painful that require root canal therapy.
We at Dr. Sachdeva Dental Institute And Implant Center try to leave no question unanswered.
We practice endodontics with dental microscope which provides enhanced visualization and access to the most difficult angles of the teeth, mouth and jaws, and allows for a better and more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
It significantly improves quality of treatment and improved after treatment results.
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