X-Ray of a tooth after root end surgery
A root end surgery, also known as apicoectomy (L. apex, apicis: a summit or a tip), is an endodontic surgical procedure whereby a tooth's root tip is removed and a root end cavity is prepared and filled with a biocompatible material.
To get perfection, surgery is performed using a microscope and hence is also called endodontic microsurgery.
This is usually necessitated when a conventional root canal therapy had failed and a re-treatment was already unsuccessful or is not advised. State-of-the-art procedures make use of microsurgical techniques, such as a dental operating microscope, micro instruments, ultrasonic preparation tips and calcium-silicate based filling materials.
Removal of the root tip is indicated to remove the entire apical delta ensuring no uncleaned missed anatomy.
- Apicoectomy procedure described (site sponsored by Aetna Dental Plans)
- American Association of Endodontists
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