Apicoectomy Specialist in Midtown Manhattan, NYC
Dr. Jacobson, DDS, and Dr. Chubak, DDS, can help save your tooth and relieve pain. Visit us at JC Endodontics. We are conveniently located at 200 W 57th St #808, New York, NY 10019. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.
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An apicoectomy specialist is a skilled oral health professional that specializes in root canal treatments that involve removing the root end of a tooth and filling in the empty cavity with a cement-like biocompatible material. This procedure is performed when root canal therapy has failed and retreatment has been unsuccessful or contraindicated. These oral health professionals can perform this procedure while ensuring minimal chance of risk or complications, making them incredibly valuable specialists.
An apicoectomy is a straightforward, minor surgical procedure that is performed to save at-risk teeth and prevent potentially serious complications from infected or injured teeth. Also known as root end or apical surgery, an apicoectomy involves the removal of a tooth’s root tip and surrounding tissue. Dentists recommend an apicoectomy when, after a root canal treatment, there is residual inflammation or infection near the root tip that extends into the jawbone. An apicoectomy may be performed by a dentist, though it is often handled by an endodontist as these dental professionals specialize in root canal care and treating the soft tissues inside the teeth, known as dental pulp.
The procedure is usually recommended when a standard root canal treatment has already been performed on a tooth but is not sufficient to save the tooth or prevent further complications. An apicoectomy may be helpful in preventing problems that could affect multiple teeth later on in cases where there is an anatomical concern with the root tip, such as one root crowding into the space of the root next to it. If the dentist is recommending an apicoectomy, it is because there is no real alternative except the removal of the entire tooth. In that event, to keep the nearby teeth from shifting would require an implant, bridge, or a removable partial denture.
A root canal and an apicoectomy are similar in nature as they are both endodontic treatments that address inflammation, infection, disease, or dental damage. However, the two procedures are unique and have distinct differences.
A root canal consists of removing the dental pulp, the live tissues in the center of the tooth, including cells, blood vessels, and nerves. It can be extremely painful if it becomes infected; this is where root canal treatment is necessitated. Removal of the pulp includes:
– Drilling an access hole in the tooth
– Removing infected pulp with a special tool
– Disinfecting the inside of the tooth
– Filling the tooth with a rubber-like material
– Filling the access hole with filling material
In some cases, the endodontist may place a crown over the tooth to strengthen and protect it; this is typically done in a separate appointment.
An apicoectomy takes place on the root of the tooth, as opposed to a root canal, which takes place on the crown (top) of the tooth. In an apicoectomy, the infected tissue is accessed via the root tip (or the apex) of the tooth, and a filling is then placed to seal the end of the root. An apicoectomy may be the treatment of choice if the tooth has already had at least one root canal procedure and retreatment was not successful (or not possible); or if the tooth has a crown or is part of a bridge, and retreatment would require cutting through the crown or bridge, which is not a viable option.
If you require an apicoectomy, trust the professionals at JC Endodontics! Call us today or book an appointment with our apicoectomy specialist, or visit our practice conveniently located at 200 W 57th Street, #808, New York, NY 10019. We serve patients from all parts of NYC – Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn; including Midtown Manhattan, Hells Kitchen, Theatre District, Upper East Side Manhattan, Upper West Side Manhattan, Financial District Manhattan, Wall Street area, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Green Point Brooklyn, and Astoria Queens, Long Island City NY.