In situations where nonsurgical root canal therapy isn’t sufficient to save your tooth, you may need endodontic surgery to repair and protect your teeth. At Beverly Hills Innovative Endodontics in Beverly Hills, California, Ahmad Fahid, DDS, MS, and F. Sean Fahid, DDS, MDSc, perform expert endodontic surgeries for patients from throughout the greater Los Angeles area who need advanced endodontic treatment. If you’re looking for a leading endodontist who performs state-of-the-art endodontic operations, call Beverly Hills Innovative Endodontics or make an appointment online.
Endodontic surgery is the surgical repair of the interior of your tooth, including the pulpy center that holds the blood vessels and nerves and the roots of your teeth that anchor them into your jaw. The most common type of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy.
The dentists at Beverly Hills Innovative Endodontics recommend endodontic surgery when nonsurgical root canal therapy isn’t enough to save your tooth.
Endodontic surgery allows your endodontist to examine the roots of your teeth to identify a hidden problem such as a tiny fracture or damage to the surface of your tooth roots. For example, your endodontist may suggest surgery if you have persistent pain or other symptoms, but your X-rays don’t show a problem.
You may also need endodontic surgery if you had a previous root canal treatment that didn’t heal correctly or became infected. Additionally, you may need endodontic surgery to remove calcium deposits that can make your root canal too narrow for nonsurgical treatment. Your endodontist may also surgically remove infected tissue from your tooth or the surrounding tissue.
If you need endodontic surgery, your endodontist begins treatment by numbing your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. In most cases, the operation is performed with only a local anesthetic, but you can talk to your endodontist about your sedation options.
When you are thoroughly numb, your endodontist makes an incision in your gums to examine the underlying bone and tissue. They remove any calcium deposits or infected tissue and the tip of the root of your tooth. If necessary, they apply a filling to the root of your tooth and seal your gums with a few stitches.
Your body has a miraculous ability to heal itself, and over time the bone in your jaw heals and regrows around your tooth. Your endodontist provides follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.
Your endodontist gives you personalized instructions for aftercare. You shouldn’t have too much pain, and in most cases, ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories will alleviate any swelling or discomfort. You should take extra care when brushing and flossing around your treated tooth until any swelling subsides and your stitches dissolve or are removed.
If you have questions about endodontic surgery, call Beverly Hills Innovative Endodontics or schedule a consultation online.
Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage. Fees will vary greatly depending on the type of treatment needed and are based on the tooth involved, the type of treatment necessary, and the extent of the treatment provided.
During your consultation, we will thoroughly discuss with you the necessary number of visits, their lengths, and the fees involved. Generally, fees are due in full at the time of treatment. We accept cash, check, credit card, and CareCredit. We will be happy to help you with your insurance processing.