Life can sure be hard on teeth, can’t it? Even if our eating and oral hygiene habits are nearly perfect (and, let’s be honest, they often aren’t anywhere close to perfect), cavities and trauma can still do damage to our pearly whites. When damage is so severe that a tooth’s pulp becomes compromised, Michael Feinberg, DDS — your local Brooklyn root canal expert — will have to put his skills and knowledge to use and perform a root canal therapy. While this normally does the trick, root canals do, from time to time, fail. This is where another procedure called an “apicoectomy” comes to rescue. Haven’t heard of it? If you have a minute or two, we’d love to tell you a little bit about how it works.
The most common reason root canals fail is that, due to the especially high complexity of the insides of some teeth, Michael Feinberg, DDS, is not able clean out all the damaged pulp. When this happens, signs of infection like swelling and discharge will manifest in a week or two after receiving a root canal — hence the importance of making your post-root canal follow-up appointments. Because, generally speaking, the part of the tooth that’s hardest to clean out during a root canal is the very tip of the root, the next course of action our Brooklyn root canal expert will take is to perform an apicoectomy during which he’ll remove the root tip, fill the root in from the bottom up and then install a cap. As you might expect, this will require some surgery since the roots of our teeth are covered up by our gums, but you’ll be given local anesthetics and pain meds to keep you comfortable during and after the operation.
Yes, we here at the practice of Brooklyn root canal expert, Michael Feinberg, DDS, understand very well that you’d probably rather be doing anything else than undergo oral surgery. Nevertheless, we think you’ll agree that saving a tooth will be more than worth the relatively small time investment. If you think you might need a root canal or apicoectomy, or even if it’s simply been awhile since your last comprehensive dental exam, please give our office a call as soon as possible.