An Apicoectomy is the Surgical Removal of the infected tissue caused by the filtration of bacteria into the pulp chamber. During an Apicoectomy the Surgeon will make an incision into the bone right at the apex of the tooth. A CBCT 3D imaging helps our Surgeon locate the infection and surrounding hard tissues.
Periodontists perform the apicoectomy as a last resort to save the natural tooth, when the patient presents severe infection. It is referred to as a minor surgical procedure that removes the infected apex (tip of the tooth’s root).
Apicoectomy, the last resort to Save the Tooth
Apicoectomy is an alternative or an adjunct to a Root Canal. Most of the time happens when a Root Canal was not enough to clear the infection.
This procedure is done in the periapical part (Around the tip of the tooth root). Unlike endodontics, which removes the neurovascular pack, without intervening on the Dental Root.
Both treatments share an approach, as they are intended to preserve the natural tooth. In addition to cavities, traumas, and bruxism, they can also trigger in an apicoectomy.
Apicoectomy Step by Step
Apicoectomy Mexico Costs
We do not charge 3D CBCT X-Rays, Periapical X-Rays, intra-oral scanning, surgical guides, models, medications and even transportation from the airport, and to your hotel and appointments in Cancun. We offer you state-of-the-art facility with specific technologies to do these treatments accurately in short time frames.
Post Op Indications
During the first days, avoid brushing the affected area and include – after consulting with your dentist – an antiseptic mouthwash in your hygiene routines.
During the hours following the intervention, apply cold intermittently to the affected area to relieve inflammation.
Follow a soft, cold-food diet for 24 hours after surgery, without chewing on the affected tooth and adjacent teeth.
Avoid, as far as possible, smoking in the hours following the intervention. Also, you must remember that alcohol intake makes it difficult for the wound to heal.
Do not do sports or activities that involve physical effort, and try to rest in the hours following the operation.
Remember the importance of keeping your head slightly raised, for example, using pillows when resting.
Take the medication indicated by the specialist to ensure proper healing.
When is a tooth extraction necessary and inevitable?
The success rate for apicoectomy is very high. However, in very specific cases, apicoectomy does not represent a real solution to the problem or is contraindicated. The decision will be made by the periodontist based on the patient’s medical history and the diagnostic consultation. If the patient has any of the following conditions, the apicoectomy will not be possible and the tooth will have to be extracted:
- If the tooth already has false canals or a fracture.
- In acute infectious processes that present abundant bleeding.
- If the supporting bone has been affected.
- In case of extensive damage to the tooth root.
- If the area in which the infection has occurred is located close to the maxillary sinus.
- A very advanced periodontal disease (pyorrhea).
- In the event that the person has clotting problems that can lead to uncontrolled bleeding.
- If the tooth has longitudinal fractures.
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