John J. DiGregorio, DDS, PC
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
574 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Apicoectomy (Surgical Root Canal)

Apicoectomy is better known as a surgical root canal.  This procedure usually occurs approximately 10% of the time after a conventional root canal was performed. 

This procedure involved surgically removing the infected root tips of the tooth.  After root tips are cut and removed the existing root canals are re-prepared from the apex down by means of ultrasonic root canal files.  This insures that at least five millimeters of the canals are prepared to accept a seal.  A bone graft will be placed into the defect created by the infection.  Special membranes will be used to cover the bone grafting.  Prior to discharge an x-ray will be taken and you will be given a postoperative kit which will include gauze pads, postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain, if necessary, antibiotics and a follow up appointment.