What does the Apicoectomy procedure involve?
Before an apicoectomy you will be given an antimicrobial mouth rinse, an anesthetic, and medicine to counter inflammation. The anesthetic can increase your heart rate so let your dentist know if you have high blood pressure. The dentist will cut the gum to access the root. The root is cleaned and the root tip is removed. The root is cleaned using a surgical microscope and ultrasonic instruments. The dentist will take an X-ray of the cleaned area and check for any debris. The surgical area is then sutured back. If any cracks or fractures are found in the tooth, it will have to be removed and the apicoectomy will end.
An apicoectomy can take between 30-90 minutes. An apicoectomy on the lower molars takes the longest while the procedure for the front teeth takes less time.