When an infection reaches the root of a tooth, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth, causing further oral complications. Drs. Colarusso and Baran use an apicoectomy treatment to prevent the extraction of your original teeth and preserve your smile. An apicoectomy procedure preserves a tooth by eliminating the infection in the blood vessels and segments that branch out from a tooth’s roots. At Central Mass Oral Surgery, our oral surgeons can perform an apicoectomy after an oral exam and consultation. Our practice has two offices for your convenience in Leominster, MA, and Gardner, MA. Our office staff is more than happy to assist you with scheduling a consultation at your earliest convenience.
A root canal is often used to repair and save a tooth that has become infected, by cleaning the inside of the tooth to prevent an abscess from forming. If a root canal surgery fails to erase all signs of infection, our oral surgeons can perform an apicoectomy to save your tooth.
The apex of a tooth root has many channels that branch off from the root, hiding infected tissue deep in the gums. Dr. Colarusso or Dr. Baran will enter the tooth root through the gums to access the infected area. Once one of our oral surgeons has successfully reached the infected end (apex) of the tooth root, your surgeon will remove the apex and clean the infected tissue in and around the tooth.
When the apex is clear of infection, your oral surgeon will insert a small filling where the apex used to be to seal the end of the tooth. After a brief healing period, patients can quickly resume their daily habits such as eating, drinking, and speaking comfortably. The filling prevents further infections or oral complications from recurring in the tooth root.
Apicoectomy Treatments at Central Mass Oral Surgery
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons have years of expertise performing a variety of oral procedures to maintain your smile. An apicoectomy is an excellent way to eliminate infections in our adult teeth and avoid the need for a tooth extraction procedure. At Central Mass Oral Surgery, our oral surgeons will meet with you for an oral exam and consultation to decide if an apicoectomy is the best treatment to preserve the tooth and maintain your oral health. Contact either of our office locations in Leominster, MA, or Gardner, MA, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Colarusso or Dr. Baran.