Root Canal Treatments
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, an endodontist who specializes in such treatment carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.
Apicoectomy (Root End Surgery)
It is a surgical procedure involving the section and removal of the tip of a tooth root along with the surrounding infected tissue.
Conditions that require an apicoectomy include:
- Infection persists even after completion of a root canal
- An uncleaned root canal blocked by a fractured file that can not be removed.
- A fracture or crack on the tooth roots.
- A badly curved root canal obstructing endodontic files from reaching the root tip.
- Several small branches at the sides of the root canal that can not be cleaned and sealed.