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This procedure involves removing the tip of the tooth or a portion of the tooth root. An apicectomy is required when infection remains after root canal therapy.
An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue, before the damaged tissue and end of the root tip are removed. Your MIC surgeon will then place a root-end filling to prevent the re-infection of the root. After the gum is sutured, the bone will heal naturally around the root of the tooth.
An apicectomy usually takes about 30 minutes, with full recovery taking several months. After the apicectomy is performed, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. An appropriate pain medication will be recommended to alleviate the discomfort. However, if the pain does not respond to medication, please phone the MIC office.