Root resection 

The most common endodontic surgery is called root resection.
Most teeth that have undergone a root canal therapy can last a lifetime and may need no further endodontic treatment. However, in a few cases, a tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after root canal treatment caused by re-infection of the root. If the tooth's root canal is still showing signs of infection, more endodontic therapy may be needed to save the tooth.
When the tooth’s infection or inflammation spreads in the bony area around the end of the tooth’s root (root apex), and it is no longer possible to make the end of your tooth infection-free, root end resection surgery may need to be performed. Removing the unhealthy tooth root may help to save your tooth for the rest of your life.

 

The root resection procedure

  • Consultation
  • X-ray of the problem area is needed for the dentist to plan the procedure.
  • A strong dose of local anesthetic will be given to the area.
  • After the tooth is "numbed", the surgeon opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the bone and tooth roots underneath.
  • The decaying root-end is resected (removed) with all the surrounding infected tissue and cleaned by saline solution and filled with a biocompatible material.
  • A few stitches are placed in the gingiva to help the tissue heal properly.
  • After a few months, the bone tissue around the root naturally heals.

 

If you have questions about root resection, contact us. Our team, includes an experienced endodontic staff, will be happy to discuss the specific type of surgery your tooth requires.

 

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