An apicoectomy is performed after an unsuccessful root canal. When an infection will not go away or returns after a root canal has been performed this procedure is usually necessary. There are many nerves that may contain the infected tissue, so it is difficult to ensure that all of the infection is removed during a root canal. During an apicoectomy, the tip of the root of the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling material.
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Click here to see pictures of an apicoectomy performed by Dr. Newby.
Click here to see a case performed by Dr. Newby that required both an apicoectomy and implant placement.