Root Canals and Apicoectomies in Oak Ridge
If you're experiencing a problem with your teeth and think that you might need a root canal or an apicoectomy, please reach out to our team at Dental Care of North Carolina. Dr. Gross is ready to help you in any way he can. He regularly performs these types of procedures, and you can trust that you'll be in good hands when you come to our practice.
Why Might You Need an Apicoectomy?
In some situations, apicoectomies are recommended for patients. Unfortunately, given certain circumstances, they're the only type of treatment that can preserve teeth. They're needed when a standard root canal hasn't completely resolved the issue.
Most of the time, a root canal can effectively address an infection inside the tooth, where there's soft pulp tissue. When Dr. Gross performs these procedures, he goes in and removes the infected pulp, cleans and disinfects the surrounding areas, and places a filling to seal the area once he's finished.
Sometimes, Dr. Gross is unable to remove all of the infected parts of a tooth, and in this case, further work needs to be conducted. That work needs to address the problem at the very tip of the tooth. If you're still experiencing pain after a root canal, it's likely that you need an apicoectomy. The alternative is to completely remove the tooth.
What Are Apicoectomies?
Apicoectomies are a form of minor surgery in which Dr. Gross removes the apex, or the tip, of the root of your tooth. Root end surgery is another name for this procedure.
During an apicoectomy, you'll be given a local anesthesia so that you won't feel anything. Dr. Gross will make an incision in your gum so that the inflamed or infected tissue can be addressed. He will also remove the tip of the root. Afterward, a filling is put in place as a sealant, and a few stitches are used to close up the gum tissue.
After an apicoectomy, you may have some swelling and discomfort in the area where Dr. Gross was working. He'll give you instructions as to what you can eat and how you can keep your teeth clean in the days following your appointment. Please don't hesitate to ask questions.
We know that it's not pleasant to have a dental procedure done. However, we want to assure you that we always work in a precise and professional manner. Our team will do everything we can to keep you comfortable. Dental Care of North Carolina is ready to help you in any way we can. We have two offices with flexible appointment availability, and we're even open on Saturdays. Call us to schedule an appointment.