There are times when a nonsurgical root canal procedure alone cannot save a tooth. In these cases, Dr. Munné will recommend surgery. She uses endodontic surgery to locate small fractures or hidden canals undetected by X-rays or during previous treatment. Endodontic surgery can also remove calcium deposits in root canals or treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone.
Dr. Munné can use many different surgical procedures to save a tooth. The most common is called apicoectomy, also known as a root-end resection. Apicoectomy becomes necessary when inflammation or infection persists in the bone around the end of the tooth after a root canal procedure. Using a microsurgical procedure, Dr. Munné removes any inflamed or infected tissue from the bone. She also removes the end of the root and may place a small filling to seal the end of the root canal and a few stitches to help the tissue heal. Over a few months, the bone heals around the end of the root. The procedure is relatively comfortable, and most patients return to normal activities the next day with only mild postsurgical discomfort.
Discover comfortable, experienced endodontic surgery with Anna Munné, DDS. Call 713-795-4666 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our endodontic surgery patients come to us from Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County and Montgomery County, TX, including Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City, Pearland, Sugar Land, The Woodlands and neighboring areas.