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Root-end resection

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Root-end resection

A root-end resection (apicoectomy) is the removal of the root tip (apex). This surgical procedure may be necessary to treat inflammations, infections and other damages in the area around the root tip. Occasionally patients may have complaints in spite of a correct previous root canal treatment. A subsequent endodontic root-end resection may be necessary.

A root-end resection (apicoectomy) is the removal of the root tip (apex). This surgical procedure may be necessary to treat inflammations, infections and other damages in the area around the root tip. In the course of root canal treatment, your dentist can access the root tip area by opening the dental crown.

To remove the root tip, however, the dentist has to uncover the jaw bone. This surgical procedure may be necessary if the patient has complaints in spite of a correctly done orthograde root canal treatment. Only if it is not possible to access the endodontic system or to relieve complaints with orthograde methods, it may be reasonable to decide on apical surgery.