Surgical Root Canals

If you’ve had a non-surgical root canal and the pain continues in your jaw, teeth, or gums, call the new Ukiah office for Santa Rosa Endodontics. Professionalism and experience are two reasons for scheduling an appointment with Dr. Emine Loxley, DDS. Concern and dedication to treating endodontic problems in as painless a manner as possible are others. Care of your gums and teeth on a regular basis result in a lovely smile that you’ll be proud to show off as often as possible.

There are other options for fixing an infected or broken tooth besides pulling it. Dr. Loxley will perform an examination to determine what is causing the pain and explain the choices. If non-surgical root canal therapy is no longer possible, she may suggest surgical root canal treatment. Surgical root canals are informally known as root end surgery and more formally called apicoectomy.

How Surgical Root Canals (Apicoectomies) Work

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Years of experience as an endodontist provide Dr. Loxley with the knowledge and skill for recommending how to end infections in gums and teeth. Saving the tooth is important to dental health. The first suggestion usually involves non-surgical root canal treatment. Infected pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth, followed by a thorough cleaning of the root canal and treated tooth. The area is sealed to prevent further infection. If it doesn’t work, or the damage requires more than non-surgical root canal therapy, an apicoectomy is another option.

An apicoectomy is a type of invasive surgery. Dr. Loxley is an excellent choice when looking for an endodontist in Ukiah to perform this procedure. The apex (tip) of the tooth’s root is surgically removed. That process is known as an "ectomy". If it is successful, the tooth is saved while infection is discouraged or ended.

Dr. Loxley reviews your dental history in addition to an exam that identifies the need for surgical root canals. Examples include: Blocked root canals cannot be cleaned and sealed. Roots with fractures or cracks.

Our goal is to be sure you understand the procedure and why it is necessary. Please ask questions and ask for more information about why this is the best step for you. Non-surgical root canals are typically the first step in treatment when they will be effective.

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The Process of Surgical Root Canals

Your appointment starts with an initial consultation during which Dr. Loxley will request X-rays of your teeth. She will explain the next steps for your appointment and prescribe any needed anti-inflammatory medication or antibiotics you should take before returning for surgery.

The day of your surgery, a strong local anesthetic is applied to numb the part of your mouth affected by the work. Dr. Loxley will make a small incision along the gum and move it away from the tooth. Although it usually provides easy access to the root tip, some of the jawbone may need to be trimmed away. The tip of the root is cut away and any infected tissue is removed. A filling is placed in the canal and where the root was cut away once the canal is cleaned. Finally, Dr. Loxley repositions the gum and stitches it back into place.

It takes between 30 and 90 minutes to finish the apicoectomy. A follow-up appointment is set before you leave the office. Call the office if you have any concerns before the checkup. It takes up to three months for the bone tissue around the root tip to heal. The infection clears rapidly if the surgery is a success. Continued infection indicates the tooth should be pulled because of an undetected fracture. The extraction protects your gums, jaw, and other teeth from harm.

Modern forms of treatment reduce the pain once associated with root canals. The result is that people are seeking treatment earlier and keeping their natural teeth.

Why not call the Ukiah office of Santa Rosa Endodontics today at (707) 380-0088 to schedule an appointment? You may also contact us on our website with non-urgent questions. We look forward to seeing you soon.