Pensacola FL Endodontist | Apicoectomy – What is it and Why is it Needed?

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If you have ever needed root canal therapy, you may know that an Endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treatment of the tooth root. However, there are some cases where traditional root canal therapy will not be possible or will not yield the best solution for your infection. In these cases, your dentist may refer you to our Pensacola Endodontist for an apicoectomy. Here’s what you need to know:

What it is

An apicoectomy is a minor treatment that involves removing the infected tip of a tooth root, then sealing the interior of the tooth to prevent further infection. 

Why It Is Done

In most cases, when pulp in the root of a tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy is performed. This removes the infection and prevents it from spreading further. In traditional root canal therapy, the full pulp is removed from the tooth, along with any infected tissue. When this is not possible or previous root canal therapy has failed, an apicoectomy is recommended.

An apicoectomy is generally performed by a certified Endodontist, like our doctor. You will receive local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout your treatment. We will make a small incision in the gum tissue. The inflamed root tip is then removed and sealed to prevent the infection from spreading. You should expect this treatment to take 30 to 90 minutes. In most cases, an apicoectomy on a front tooth takes less time than one on a lower molar.

What to expect afterwards

Like any oral surgery, some discomfort can occur for the first few days following the procedure. When brushing your teeth, you will want to be gentle around the area. Any further discomfort can usually be mitigated with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen. We may prescribe medicine, if needed, to alleviate any discomfort that cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications. Please use medications only as directed by our doctor.

Unlike traditional root canal therapy, you may not need to have a dental crown placed following an apicoectomy.

Acting on root issues as soon as they are detected is your best defense against infection and tooth loss. For more tips on keeping teeth healthy or for questions about apicoectomies, contact Elite Endodontics.

Elite Endodontics
Phone: (850) 696-0820
6111 N Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32504

Pensacola FL Endodontist | Endodontist: Your Dental Health Partner

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As a patient, you likely think of your general dentist or hygienist as your partner in your dental health. These are people you see frequently, who monitor your oral health during each visit and talk with you regarding any progress or potential issues that they find. While both of these dental professionals are vital, your endodontist can be a valuable partner in ensuring your oral health, as well.

It is likely that you were originally referred to our office by your general dentist because you needed root canal treatment. Endodontists specialize in performing root canal therapy to help save an infected tooth from extraction. However, this is not our only area of expertise. As an endodontist, our doctor’s specialty training also focused heavily on providing effective treatment for dental trauma.

Damage or trauma to the teeth, mouth, or jaws can range from very mild to extreme. Our office is available for expert consultation, evaluation, and treatment of dental trauma, often extending beyond normal business hours. If you or your child experience dental trauma, contact our office and your general dentist immediately, so you can be seen and treated as soon as possible.

Dental trauma includes:

  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracked or fractured tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Soft tissue injury to gums, lips, cheek, or tongue
  • Jaw bone injury
  • Damage to dental restoration
  • And more

As one of your partners in dental health, our Pensacola endodontist is happy to provide you with any information you need regarding the services we offer. Whether you need a quick appointment for dental trauma treatment, root canal therapy to stop the pain from an infected tooth, or a second opinion on whether a tooth needs to be extracted, we are here to help.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Elite Endodontics.

Elite Endodontics
Phone: (850) 696-0820
6111 N Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32504

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Endodontist in Pensacola, FL
6111 N. Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32504

(850) 696-0820 |

Office Hours

Monday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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