Endodontic Surgery (Apicoectomy) Atlanta, GA
Diagnose & Solve Persistent Infections
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Let Us Help Save Your Tooth, Comfortably
If a minimally invasive root canal procedure won’t be enough to save your tooth, endodontic surgery may be the best option for you. Endodontic surgery may be recommended when:
- You’re suffering from a failed root canal
- Curved or blocked canals cannot be treated from the top of the tooth via endodontic retreatment
- Your endodontist needs to repair damaged root surfaces or look for fractures on the external root surface
- A fractured root needs to be removed from the tooth
- A biopsy is recommended
Dr. Megan King is Atlanta’s award-winning endodontist with a reputation for delivering comfortable surgical care with great results. When you’re facing a complex root canal issue, she’s the expert you want guiding you through the process.
No referral needed! If you’re in pain or aren’t sure what the problem is, contact us today. We’ll conduct a detailed evaluation of your tooth and create a customized treatment plan focused on saving your tooth and helping you feel better.
What Is an Apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy is a minor surgical procedure performed by an Endodontist in which the end of the tooth root is resected and then removed. A filling is then placed at the bottom end of the root to seal the canal system. The goal of this treatment is to address any persistent inflammation or infection found at the end of the root after a root canal has already been completed. An apicoectomy may serve a variety of purposes, including to:
- Locate small fractures on the external portion of the root
- Address canals which were not able to be treated from the top of the tooth
- Remove the end of the root where persistent bacteria is living
- Treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth
- Allow for biopsy of an infection
As with all the endodontic treatments we perform, the ultimate goal of an apicoectomy is to preserve your tooth and ensure your comfort.
Signs You May Need Endodontic Surgery
Persistent or sporadic pain and aches
Tenderness on your tooth or gums
Swollen gums or “pimples” on your gums
A cracked root
Proper diagnosis is key. Give us a call and we'll help you understand what’s going on and whether or not an apicoectomy is necessary.
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We’re proud to be highly referred to by dentists throughout the greater Atlanta area, but a referral is not necessary to make an appointment.
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Dr. King will help you understand what type of treatment you need. Our priority is helping you achieve a comfortable, healthy smile for a lifetime. There are no one-size-fits-all recommendations here — we do what’s best for you.
Endodontic Surgery: What to Expect
Before getting started we’ll review the treatment plan in detail and ensure you feel comfortable — we offer blankets, pillows, music and whatever else you need to feel relaxed. Sedation may also be available in certain cases.
During an apicoectomy, Dr. King will make a small incision to open the gum tissue near the troublesome tooth. With the underlying bone exposed, we’ll use a surgical microscope and advanced equipment to complete the procedure with the greatest precision and thoroughness possible.
The length of your treatment will depend on the location of the tooth and the complexity of your root structure. We’ll make sure you know exactly what to expect.
Once surgery is complete, the bone will naturally heal around the end of the root — your tooth will return back to its normal function in no time! Generally, there is very little down time after this procedure and patients return to their regular day-to-day activities the following day. We’ll send you home with detailed after-care instructions and answers to all your questions.
Save Your Smile, Comfortably
Dr. King is proud to be highly referred to by dentists throughout the greater Atlanta area, but a dentist referral is not necessary to schedule an appointment. We’ll provide answers to your questions or even provide a second opinion.
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