An “apicectomy” is a surgical procedure designed to remove an infection from the tip of the root. It is indicated when, for a variety of reasons, it has proved impossible to cure the infection by any other means.
If left untreated the infection will spread. As well as causing pain, this can lead to bone being damaged around the tooth and as a result the tooth may have to be extracted.
The procedure itself takes between 45 – 90 min. The length of the procedure depends of the location of the tooth and complexity of the root structure. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic whereby a small part of the gum is lifted near the tip of the root of the tooth and the infected tissue at the bottom of the tooth is removed, the root end is then sealed with a filling material.