Oral Surgery » Apicectomy
An apicectomy may be needed when an infection develops or persists after root canal treatment. In an apicectomy, the root tip, or apex, is removed along with the infected tissue. A filling is then placed to seal the end of the root.
Your dentist can do an apicectomy to fix the problem so the tooth doesn't need to be extracted. An apicectomy is done only after a tooth has had at least one root canal procedure. In many cases, a second root canal treatment is considered before an apicectomy.
If you're having any pain or swelling from a tooth that has had root-canal treatment, contact your dentist, who will take X-rays and do an exam. If your dentist feels you need an apicectomy, you will need to set up an appointment for a consultation.