Apicoectomy

Root canals are a common procedure and have a success rate of 95%. There are procedures in place that can help your root canal last such as placing the crown immediately following the root canal. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene habits after your root canal at home.

There are some cases where patients do have an issue after their root canal is complete. Even though it is unlikely, root canals can fail. Failed root canals can be due to cracks in or around the root area, or from an obstruction that can make cleaning the area difficult.

There are symptoms you can look out for that may indicate you may have an issue. These symptoms include sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or pain while chewing. If you experience any of these symptoms we urge you to call our office as soon as possible.

How Does an Apicoectomy Work?

If a patient has a blockage around the tooth that is preventing access to the root canal they may need an apicoectomy procedure. This procedure involves creating a small flap in the gum to access the root. The infected area is cleaned out and sealed to prevent further infection. This is a great way for our team to access the root area that has the blockage and save your tooth.

Other Treatment Options

Retreatment

The most common option for failed root canals is retreatment. This involves removing the original filling, and cleaning and disinfecting the canal. The area is then resealed to prevent further infection. This treatment has the highest success rate.

Extraction

If both the apicoectomy and retreatment are not effective, removing the tooth is the last resort. With this option dental implants can be used to fill the empty space where the tooth was extracted.

Our team works closely with each patient to determine the severity and treatment options for a root canal failure. We want to choose the best option to save your tooth. Your health is our priority and we strive to provide the highest level of care for all of our patients.

Interested In Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about root canal therapy and treatment options for failed root canals, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing symptoms of a failed root canal please do not hesitate to call our office. You should be seen as soon as possible.

To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our friendly staff will assist you.

Oral Surgery

One of the most common questions asked is if oral surgery is safe during pregnancy. Naturally patients are concerned about the health of their baby and do not want to risk anything during pregnancy. This is a good question, and always something to discuss should you need oral surgery and you are pregnant.

Typically oral surgery is not recommended when a patient is pregnant, and we feel protecting your child’s health is extremely important. With pregnant patients we avoid general anesthetic as well as sedation, and will only use local anesthetic. A recent study in 2015 by the American Dental Association found that local anesthetics do not harm an unborn child’s health.

Does It Matter What Trimester I Am In?

Another factor we consider is how far along the patient is with their pregnancy. Usually first and second trimesters are safe for oral surgery that does not require the patient to be sedated. We avoid any procedures during the third trimester because any surgery when pregnant is risky during this period.

If you are in need or oral surgery our team works closely with you to determine what is really medically necessary, and we recommend postponing the procedure until after the baby is born.

Should Oral Surgery Be Done Before Pregnancy?

We always recommend if a patient is actively trying to get pregnant, they should visit our office to ensure you have no issues. This way we know if any issues need attention right away, and what can wait until after the baby is born. We encourage our patients to always take care of any oral surgery as soon as possible, so you do not have to worry during your pregnancy.

Should Oral Surgery Be Postponed Until After Child Birth?

If you are in need of oral surgery and are pregnant we always recommend waiting until after child birth. The only time oral surgery is recommended is when the mother’s health is in danger. During the third trimester we always avoid any surgeries and take every possible precaution. You and your child’s life and health is our priority. Most oral surgeries can be postponed, and there is typically no immediate need to perform surgery during pregnancy.

We recommend patients always come in for their regular exam and cleaning even during pregnancy so we can make sure all looks and feels great. During your exam we may use x-rays to take a closer look in your mouth and jaw. X-rays are safe for pregnant patients, and are at a low radiation level where there is no risk of harm to a developing baby. During any x-rays we ask our patients to wear a shield, and this provides an extra level of protection.

If you are actively trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant your health is our priority. We treat all of our patients with the utmost respect, and take caution and extra care during pregnancy. Our team works to keep each patient safe, and we are here support you every step of the way.

Do You Have Other Questions About Pregnancy and Oral Surgery?

If you think you need to be seen and are looking to make an appointment we recommend visiting our office. Our staff is available to take a look, and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that works for you during your pregnancy. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a consultation please contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!