Apicoectomy | Carson City, NV

Carson City Endodontics, Dr. Lingard or Dr. Pittel

Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery.

Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure.

The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

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What is an Apicoectomy?

The video on the right illustrates this simple procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue.

The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.

A diagram of infected tissue at a root end
1. Infected Tissue
A diagram of infected tissue at a root end being removed
2. Tissue Removed
A diagram of a suture placed after removing infected tissue at a root end
3. Suture Placed
A diagram of healed bone after removing infected tissue at a root end
4. Healing Complete

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.


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Carson City Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 2 Apicoectomy reviews.

Patient Review By Patricia B

. Dr. Lingard was the perfect surgeon, answers all questions. A true professional. Silvia the assistant super sweet and made me feel at ease. Laura very helpful with needed information. Jessica a very nice assistant. Over all. You are in very excellent hands.

- Patricia B

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Very smooth, and satisfying procedure by both the doctor and his staff

- Anonymous

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