Addressing Severe Infection With Root Canal Surgery

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When you have an infected tooth, we often offer relief with a root canal. Our team could also offer treatment for compromised restorations. But our team can also handle more severe infections, situations which require oral surgery. At Root Canal Specialists of Baton Rouge, LA, we can offer relief and lifelike results with endodontic surgery.

The Situations That Call for More Than Root Canals

A dental infection occurs when harmful oral bacteria reach the inner pulp, the nerve tissues at the center of your tooth and in the root canals. Typically, this can occur due to untreated cavities or injury to the teeth, and with a root canal procedure we will open the tooth and remove these tissues, adding a special restorative material and capping the tooth with a crown. But in some cases, the infection could form at the tip of the root in your tooth, and for some, this could occur following a previous treatment. To offer relief and preserve the tooth, we may recommend an endodontic surgery known as apicoectomy.

Endodontic Surgery

The apicoectomy, or root-end resection, is a form of endodontic surgery that addresses inflammation or infection at the very tip of one of the root canals, where severe pain could develop and the risk of infection spreading increases. The surgery enables us to halt discomfort and save the tooth, treating the root tip. This is a common endodontic surgery, and involves our team opening the gums near the root of the tooth to expose the bone and enable us to access the infected tissues. We remove the very tip of the structure, and extract the pulp within. We then seal it with a special filling material, and suture the area closed. You then follow detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a complication-free healing period.

Keeping You Comfortable

We know the idea of oral surgery can be anxiety-inducing, which is why we take measures to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. For example, we can administer a local anesthetic to the area of the gums where we will be opening them to access the tooth structure. Our team can also discuss dental sedation, which helps you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure. If you have any questions about endodontic surgery, then contact our team today to learn more.

Learn More About Treating Infected Teeth Today

Don’t let discomfort grow worse or risk losing your tooth, see us right away for endodontic surgery. To find out more about how our team addresses serious issues with endodontic surgery, speak with our team at Root Canal Specialists of Baton Rouge at (225) 766-3061, at one of our locations in both Baton Rouge and Denham Springs, LA!