You may not have heard the term “apicoectomy” until now, but it is actually a very common procedure in endodontists’ offices. Similar to root canals, apicoectomies remove rotten tissue from the root of a tooth so that a cavity can be filled in again. But as we’ll explain below, apicoectomies are slightly different and require a significantly longer recovery period following the procedure.
At Midtown Endodontist NYC, we specialize in endodontic procedures including apicoectomies, root canal therapy, root canal retreatments and emergency endodontic procedures. Our caring and experienced staff ensures that every patient receives a warm welcome and stays informed about their dental health and procedures.
If you have an apicoectomy scheduled or you know that you need to schedule one soon, read through these frequently asked questions to get a better idea of what you can expect.
What Is an Apicoectomy in Dentistry?
An apicoectomy, also known as an orthograde root canal treatment or root-end filling, is a procedure during which the tip of a tooth’s root is removed. Once the tip is removed, the remaining space is filled with a biocompatible substance that helps keep the root structure intact.
What to Expect After an Apicoectomy
After you have an apicoectomy, you can expect the following side effects immediately after the procedure:
- Swelling after the surgery
- Post-surgery bleeding
- Pain medication side effects including dizziness and fatigue
It is extremely important to take care of your teeth post-surgery as directed by your endodontist. These steps include:
- Taking prescriptions as directed
- Cleaning the area regularly
- Avoiding irritating the area
- Adjusting your diet as directed
- Avoiding situations and activities that could result in a fall or trauma to the mouth
How Long Does It Take to Recover From an Apicoectomy?
While the sutures dissolve around six weeks after the procedure, it can take a few months to fully heal from an apicoectomy. In the case of a particularly stressful operation, it may take up to six months for the bone to fill in the cavity left by the apicoectomy procedure.
What Is the Success Rate of an Apicoectomy?
Apicoectomies tend to be very successful procedures, with average success rates hovering around 97 percent. Even in apicoectomy cases that require surgical or non-surgical follow-up treatments, the success rate is still above 90 percent.
What Is the Average Cost of an Apicoectomy?
Without insurance, most apicoectomies cost between $900 and $1,300. However, the cost of an apicoectomy varies based on the experience and qualifications of the endodontist, the region, the type of tooth, local rates and other factors. With insurance, you will likely only pay a small fraction of the average cost.
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