Consult an endodontist to find out if dental extraction can be avoided through endodontic microsurgery.
Though endodontic nonsurgical treatment, or root canal treatment, has a high success rate—exceeding 90%—there are many occasions when the tooth doesn’t heal correctly. In these cases, patients will experience pain and/or swelling in the treated tooth due to a non-healing endodontic lesion. If untreated, this issue can lead to further deterioration of the bone and/or tissue surrounding the root of the tooth causing greater pain. At this point, dentists often recommend tooth extraction and replacement with a dental implant. However, it might not be too late to save your natural tooth. It is important to consult with an endodontist to see if there are alternative treatments to help you keep your original smile.
What is Endodontic Microsurgery?
In cases similar to what is stated above, an endodontist will first recommend nonsurgical retreatment with the intent of further disinfecting the root canal space. This is an ideal treatment method that will allow for the healing of the infection with minimal damage to the surrounding area. However, there are often cases that cannot be solved through nonsurgical treatment. This is where endodontic microsurgery comes into play. In a significant number of persistent non-healing cases the tooth can be saved through endodontic microsurgery with a shockingly high success rate.
Endodontic microsurgery, or apicoectomy, in a general sense is the treatment performed on the tip of the root of an infected tooth, followed by placement of a filling to seal the root end. For the past decade advances in endodontic microsurgery have resulted in successful tooth retention rates higher than 90%. As a result, it has been replacing traditional surgery in vast numbers.
What Advances Have Been Made in Endodontic Microsurgery?
In the past decade, endodontic microsurgery has been refined through the application of new techniques, materials and instruments. The most important of these advances is the use of a surgical operating microscope that provides unrivaled magnification and illumination for each phase of the treatment process. The tools endodontists use have become smaller and more accurate, therefore, reducing bone removal and permitting a quicker healing process. The introduction of a new filling material, MTA (Mineral Trioxide Aggregate), has replaced the previously used amalgam displaying superior sealing properties, more effective antibacterial, and faster radiographic healing. The list of advances made in this procedure over the past decade goes on and on. It is one of the most effective treatments in regards to saving your natural teeth. That is why consulting an endodontist prior to tooth extraction is extremely important. So, visit Professional Endodontics’ website in order to find a specialist near you.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
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