Apicoectomies

Apicoectomies

These surgeries include removing any apical cyst, abscess, or granuloma and sedation.

Apicoectomy, incisor or canine tooth:  $430

Apicoectomy, premolar: $490

Apicoectomy, molar:  $600

What is an Apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy may be needed when an infection develops or won’t go away after root canal treatment or retreatment.

Your teeth are held in place by roots that extend into your jawbone. Front teeth usually have one root. Other teeth, such as your premolars and molars, have two or more roots. The tip or end of each root is called the apex. Nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth through the apex. They travel through a canal inside the root, and into the pulp chamber. This chamber is inside the crown (the part of the tooth you can see in your mouth).

During root canal treatment, the canals are cleaned using special instruments called files. Inflamed or infected tissue is removed.

Root canals can be very complex, with many tiny branches off the main canal. Sometimes, even after root canal treatment, infected tissue can remain in these branches. This infected tissue can possibly prevent healing or cause re-infection later. In an apicoectomy, the root tip, or apex, is removed along with the infected tissue.