If your Endodontist determines that root canal therapy alone won’t save your tooth, they will likely recommend endodontic surgery. You may likely get apprehensive about this kind of surgery, primarily if you have just heard about this procedure now.
Endodontic surgery can be done quickly, comfortably, and successfully with the help of new technologies like digital imaging and operating microscopes.
In this blog, learn more about endodontic surgery with an overview we’ve come up with.
What Is Endodontic Surgery?
In this procedure, the endodontist<>/a cuts open the gum tissue near the tooth to see the bone below and remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The root is also cut off right at the end.
Why Would I Need Endodontic Surgery?
Most of the time, a tooth with an injured pulp needs a root canal to keep it from being pulled out. Sometimes, this procedure won’t be enough to heal the tooth, and your Endodontist will recommend surgery.
Endodontic surgery is needed instead of root canal treatment. This surgery can be used to find fractures or hidden canals that don’t show up on x-rays but still cause damage to the root surface or pain in the bone around the tooth.
Is Endodontic Surgery Painful?
Your Endodontist will give your local anesthetics to help you feel better during the procedure. As the cut heals, you may feel pain, have swelling, or get bruises. Your Endodontist will tell you what painkillers to take to help you feel better. You will also be told what to do after the surgery.
Call your Endodontist if you have questions after your procedure or pain that doesn’t go away with medicine.
Are There Any Potential Problems After Treatment?
No matter how careful your Endodontist may be, there may be potential and inevitable problems after treatment. Here are some potential issues you might experience after undergoing such treatment:
Damage to the Nerves and Lower Teeth
During root canal surgery on the back teeth in the lower jaw, there is a slight chance of hurting a nerve. Before starting treatment, your Endodontist is trained to check for this possibility and will tell you what to do.
For the back teeth in the lower jaw, the tips of the roots may be close to a nerve that can affect your lip, chin, and gums. Your Endodontist knows how to plan your surgery so that this nerve won’t cause pain as much as possible.
During surgery, this nerve can sometimes become irritated. When the local anesthesia wears off, you may feel tingling, a change in sensation, or, in rare cases, you may not feel anything in the affected tissues.
If this happens, it’s usually only for a short time and will go away after a few days, weeks, or months. Sometimes, these changes can be painful or last a long time.
Your upper teeth are close to your sinuses, and having a root canal can make a hole between your mouth and the sinus next to it. If this problem happens, it will usually get better on its own.
But if this is persistent and apparent at the time of your surgery, you will be given special instructions. You will most likely be instructed not to blow your nose for two to three days after surgery. And should you sneeze, you should do it into a piece of tissue with your mouth open.
One thing is for sure: you should not put any pressure on the area around the sinuses. If you think something is wrong after surgery, let your Endodontist know immediately.
What Are the Alternatives to Endodontic Surgery?
Often, the only thing that can be done besides surgery is to pull the tooth. After the tooth is pulled, it needs to be replaced with an implant, a bridge, or a removable partial denture so that chewing works again and the other teeth don’t move.
Endodontic surgery is usually the best and least expensive way to keep your teeth healthy. The alternatives require surgery or dental work on healthy teeth next to the problem tooth.
No artificial tooth is as good as a natural tooth, no matter how good. You’ve already spent money to keep your tooth healthy, and Endodontic surgery could give you a natural tooth that stays healthy and works for the rest of your life.
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Our skilled Endodontists here at Teeth By Two can evaluate your tooth’s condition to determine whether it may be saved via root canal treatment. They can also assess whether or not you will need a dental implant to replace your tooth if it must be extracted.
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