East Coast Endodontics is a Merrick endodontics office that specializes in root canals as well as surgical endodontics like apicoectomies. We are home to the Gentle Wave Procedure, which helps to effectively clean the deepest portions of the root canal system. Because of its ultracleaning technology, this procedure works to reach microscopic places to remove debris and tissue as well as bacteria.
Our Merrick endodontics Gentle Wave Procedure is highly effective, allowing for less of a chance of failure of the root canal surgery. It is minimally invasive and preserves more of the natural tooth. We can also clean the tooth in just one appointment. An apicoectomy, also called root end resection, is a surgical procedure intended to remove infection from the root tip and the surrounding tissue. It is necessary if there is infection and inflammation that continues after a root canal therapy or endodontic retreatment. During this procedure, an incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals, which is normal for any surgical procedure.
Other causes of pulp damage include periodontal disease, cracks or breakage. Even if the pulp has been damaged, it is not always necessary to pull the tooth. A root canal can remove the damaged pulp and return the tooth to a healthier state. After a root canal, patients usually experience no side effects except for slight pain. We may prescribe antibiotics if there was an infection preceding the root canal, which is a quick and procedure. Healing may take slightly longer if an abscess has formed. In some cases, healing may take up to two years. Call our Merrick endodontics office today to schedule your first appointment.