Also called: Apicoectomy, Root end surgery
Your teeth are held in place by roots that extend into your jawbone. An apicoectomy might be needed if an infection in the roots develops or persists after a root canal.
In an apicoectomy, the root tip is removed along with the infected tissue. Gum tissue near the tooth is opened, which allows your endodontist to see the underlying bone and remove any inflamed or infected tissue. Your endodontist may remove the very end of the tooth’s root.
A small filling may be placed on the root to seal the end of the root canal. A few stitches or sutures are placed in the gums to help the tissue heal properly around the end of the root over a period of months.
The practices below offer this specialty care. Select a practice that best meets your budget and availability for appointments.
Our staff of dental residents (licensed dentists completing advanced training) provide root canal treatment and similar services by referral.
Average Cost: Fees average 60% of the cost of private practice
Appointment Time: Slightly longer than private practice
Education: Graduate dentists completing advanced training in Endodontics
Board-certified endodontists who are also faculty members in the School of Dentistry see patients at this clinic at prices comparable to what you would pay at a private practice.
Average Cost: Equal to private practice
Appointment Time: Equal to private practice
Education: Specialists who also teach at the School of Dentistry