Apicoectomy/Root Canal Surgery
When root canal therapy alone cannot save the tooth, surgery (or apicoectomy) may be recommended. In this procedure, the endodontist opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and to remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The very end of the root is also removed. A small filling may be placed to seal the end of the root canal, and a few stitches or sutures are places in the gum to help the tissue heal properly.