Each tooth is held in place in your mouth by the tooth roots, which extend into the jawbone. While your front teeth have one root each, your back teeth (molars and premolars) have two or more roots. The tip of the tooth root is called the apex, which is the point where nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth. If a tooth is severely infected, we may need to remove the apex of the tooth root. When a tooth is infected, we often recommend root canal therapy. When the root canal treatment is not successful at treating the infection, or if the infection develops again after root canal therapy, our experienced dentists may recommend apicoectomy, or the removal of the apex.
During apicoectomy in Spring, Texas, Drs. Nguyen and Nguyen make a small incision in the gums in order to access the apex of the tooth. They will then gently remove the infected tissues and the root tip. The end of the tooth’s canals are carefully cleaned and sealed, and your gums are stitched back in place. An apicoectomy requires just one visit to our office, and our caring dental team will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment. For more information, please call or visit us today at Forestwood Dental.