Our number one goal here at East Coast Endodontics is to restore optimal wellness to your tooth. Infected teeth or those whose pulp have become damaged due to a traumatic injury need root canal therapy, which has a high success rate of at least 90%. But nothing is completely without some possibility that success will not be achieved, and so when you need a previous root canal addressed, one of the ways we can do so is with our Merrick apicoectomy.
Also called a root end resection, this is a surgical procedure performed by our expert, experienced endodontic specialist. The reason that you may need it is that your tooth has become reinfected after root canal therapy. This can happen weeks, months, or even years afterward. Obviously, in the vast majority of cases it does not happen at all. Our Merrick apicoectomy is one of three possible outcomes in such cases, and the correct option depends entirely on an examination and x-rays, which will reveal the nature of the problem with the tooth that had root canal. The two other ways to address the situation are endodontic retreatment, which is similar to doing the root canal over again; and a tooth extraction, which is the worst result of all, since you’ll be left with an incomplete simile and the drawbacks that go along with it. Our Merrick apicoectomy is performed by opening up the gum tissue where the tooth is, removing any bone that is in the way, and then taking out the infected tissue. A special filling is then added to help prevent additional infections. The bone tissue will heal over the course of a few months, and the tooth will be saved, meaning that you will not have to go through the time, effort, and expense of replacing it.
If you experience tooth pain after a root canal, or other symptoms like sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, be sure to contact our office immediately to schedule a prompt appointment.