Some teeth that are infected for a long time develops a periapical lesion. If the tooth still have enough structure and bone support for it to be retained, root canal treatment is the best option. Sometimes, there are periapical lesions that are too big that mere root canal treatment is not enough to completely heal the infection or cyst at the root tip. This is when the apicoectomy procedure is done.
Apicoectomy is known as the root end surgery. The root tip of an infected root canal treated teeth is removed and then the end is prepared for it to receive a biocompatible material in order to seal it. This will be observed during follow up visits to evaluate the improvement of the bone in the periphery.
Author: Dr. Keneshia Tingson