Marine Park dental surgery
A root end resection, or apicoectomy, is done as a remedy for a failed root canal treatment. Here at the office of Michael I. Feinburg, we’re committed to saving your natural teeth whenever possible. It’s the entire point of root canal to begin with. But before you consider having a tooth extracted, let us tell you more about our Marine Park dental surgery.
When the tooth that had already undergone root canal has become re-infected, the best method for addressing the situation is often a root end resection. Some failed root canals are best managed with endodontic retreatment, which is a do-over of the original procedure. Our endodontist will do an examination and will take x-rays in order to make an evaluation about what path is best to take to treat your tooth. If our Marine Park dental surgery is the agreed upon solution, the procedure will seem similar to an extraction in that your gums must be open to get to the root of the tooth. Of course, you will be sufficiently numbed with local anesthesia before any work is started. Any bone that is blocking access to the root will be removed. The root tip along with the infected tissue will be gently taken out, and a special filling is then applied so that there is a good chance of preventing future infections. Your gums are then sutured closed to complete our Marine Park dental surgery. The result is a tooth that will remain strong and viable. Extracting the tooth not only means drawbacks such as a less appealing smile, shifting teeth, misaligned jaws, and inefficient chewing, but also the need to replace the tooth. That brings with it additional time and cost.
If you are having pain or other unusual symptoms related to a tooth that has undergone root canal, contact our office immediately to set up an examination.
Brooklyn Emergency Dentist
If you are having a problem with a tooth, such as extreme tooth pain, you will want to see our endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treatments which are meant to allow the life of a tooth. At our endodontic practice, Michael I. Feinberg, our Brooklyn emergency dentist is Dr. Michael I. Feinberg.
When you have a tooth that needs emergency treatment after a root canal, you made need to have an endodontic treatment called an apicoectomy. An apicoectomy is also called a root end resection. This surgical treatment is performed when an endodontist needs to remove infection from the root tip of a tooth as well as from the surrounding tissue. This procedure is performed when an infection persists even after root canal therapy is performed on the tooth. A root canal treatment is effective in saving a tooth in over 90% of cases. However, there are times when additional treatment is needed after a root canal, including a root canal re-treatment or an apicoectomy. Our Brooklyn emergency dentist will need to perform this procedure when a tooth is seriously infected, and infection is found in the root tip.
When this procedure is being performed, our Brooklyn emergency dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue that allows the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue to be exposed. The damaged tissue can then be removed as well as the end of the root tip. Our dentist will then place a root-end filling which will hopefully prevent reinfection of the root. Then the gum is closed with sutures. The bone will heal around the root over a period of several months, restoring the tooth and root to full function. Our patient may experience some discomfort or even some swelling while the incision heals. This is completely normal, as can be expected with many different types of surgical procedures. Our Brooklyn emergency dentist will be able to recommend an appropriate pain medication, if needed. Without this type of emergency care, the tooth would not be able to be saved, and would need to be extracted. When you experience any type of dental pain it is very important that you come in to see our dentist as soon as possible. In almost all cases, the sooner treatment is provided, the more likely it is that the treatment will be successful and that your tooth will be saved. Saving your tooth will eliminate the need for getting a dental implant or other tooth replacement. For an appointment to see our endodontist regarding tooth pain, contact our office and let them know that you need to be seen on an emergency basis.
Brooklyn Emergency Dentist
When tooth decay leads to an infection that requires root canal therapy, in the vast majority of cases (about 90%), the procedure is successful and there are no complications. But for various reasons, a new infection can occur in the root tip and the surrounding area. If this happens, you can come in to see our Brooklyn emergency dentist. There are several options for addressing this problem depending on your unique circumstances, including endodontic retreatment, which is essentially the same as doing a root canal therapy to begin with. In the worst case scenario, you might end up losing the tooth. And then there is a safe and effective procedure called an apicoectomy, also known as a root end resection.
Our Brooklyn emergency dentist can perform this to save your tooth while at the same time eradicating the underlying infection, along with the pain you are most likely feeling from it. After numbing you sufficiently with a local anesthetic, Dr. Feinburg will cut open your gums in the area of the infected tooth, in order to see the bone and detect the tissue that needs to be removed. The tip of the root will also be removed, and then a special filling will be applied as a precaution against any additional infections. To close the procedure, the gums will be sutured shut.
After you have had a root end resection from our Brooklyn emergency dentist, you may notice some discomfort and swelling. Either over-the-counter or prescription pain medication can be used to provide the needed relief. The bone will heal over the course of a few months. The advantage of getting this procedure done is that you get you keep your natural tooth, thereby avoiding an extraction and having to get a restoration such as a dental implant or bridge to replace it; and if you decided not to get a restoration for any reason, your other teeth could shift, you would find that your smile was affected if it’s a front tooth, or your chewing ability if it’s a back tooth. What is most important to remember is that we’re here for you when you need us. If you have a toothache, call us right away.