We can also provide other minor surgical procedures like,
- Frenectomy- correcting of high frenal attachment leading to spacing between teeth, gum recession etc
An Apicectomy is the removal of a small part of the end of a root. It is required to clean out the infection at the end of the root when conventional root canal treatment has failed or retreatment is not possible. A local anesthetic is used to perform the procedure. The aim of the treatment is to remove the infection from the base of the root of the tooth.
About 3 – 4mm is removed from the root tip, to remove the infected part of the root (root tip generally has many branches – so more chances of bacterial presence) and to facilitate the filling and healing of the root end.
Your tooth will look the same as before the treatment. Sometimes there is a small crack in the root which means it cannot be saved.
The treatment is not expensive. The alternative is to have the tooth taken out. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Post operatively you should use a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine. You will also need to brush gently to avoid damaging the sutures.
Your dentist can give you more information about the procedure.
- Root end fillings
- Surgery for tongue tie
- Periapical surgery( apicectomy- surgery needed when root canal fails)
- Alveoloplasty – a pre-prosthetic surgery to get dentures made
- Operculectomy – is a minor surgical procedure performed to remove the flap of soft tissue that surrounds and covers a partially erupted tooth, especially a wisdom tooth.
- Gingivectomy- trimming the gum tissue for cosmetic or functional reasons( to make the teeth look longer)