Rainwater & Associates Endodontics in Lafayette, La
Anthony Rainwater, DD, MS
In the rare event that a tooth fails to respond to root canal therapy and root canal retreatment is not a viable option, root canal surgery is necessary to save the tooth. This procedure is apical surgery, or apicoectomy. Dr. Anthony “Tony” Rainwater is able to perform apicoectomy efficiently while maintaining maximum patient comfort. This procedure also provides the opportunity for him to detect possible root fractures.
How Apicoectomy is Performed
With apicoectomy, Dr. Rainwater makes a tiny incision in the gum tissue near the tooth to expose the underlying bone and root of the affected tooth. He gently removes the infected tissue at and around the root and cuts off the root tip. Dr. Rainwater then disinfects the area and places a small filling in the root tip to provide a seal. The gum is placed back into position and sutured. After a brief healing period, the gum tissue returns to normal and, after several months, the bone around the root-end heals and all symptoms are alleviated.
What to Expect After Apicoectomy
Following your apicoectomy, you may experience mild discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any microsurgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, Dr. Rainwater will recommend the appropriate pain medication.